Thursday, December 24, 2020

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation Receives Community Impact Grant from Community Foundation for Monterey County

 Max’s Helping Paws Foundation has received a Community Impact Grant of $15,000 to help the Foundation continue assisting pets in a health crisis over the next 18 months. 

Carmel, CA, December 22, 2020 — Max’s Helping Paws Foundation has received a Community Impact Grant of $15,000 to help the Foundation continue assisting pets in a health crisis over the next 18 months. 

The grant came from the Kathleen and Howard Marks Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. Community Impact Grants address critical issues and opportunities for five primary program areas that advance the Community Foundation’s mission and vision for Monterey County. These grants are based on an analysis of local needs, aspirations, assets and opportunities for achieving strategic results. 

“The addition of Chestnut Fund grants has left a gap in funding for our core programs, and this grant will help fill that gap,” said Dayna Klein, co-founder and executive director of Max’s. “This is our first grant from the Community Foundation and we’re honored and excited to receive these much-needed funds to help us on our mission.” 

About Max’s Helping Paws Foundation

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF) was co-founded in 2016 by Dyana Klein and her husband and veterinary internist, Dr. Jonathan Fradkin, in memory of their pet, Maximillian. The foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that supports all Monterey County veterinary practices to provide financial assistance to clients with pets in need of both critical short-term or longer-term care for chronic illness. Since it first started providing financial assistance in mid-2017, MHPF has granted more than $330,000 to give hundreds of pets a second chance. MHFP is based in Monterey County and serves only Monterey County. Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (831) 704-6473 and info@maxshelpingpaws.org


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The Buzz PR LLC 
Salinas, CA 
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http://www.maxshelpingpaws.org

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Interim Inc. Recognizes National Mental Awareness Month in January 2021

 Interim Inc. recognizes the importance of Mental Wellness Month in January 2021, and is dedicating the month for promoting overall mental wellness.

 Salinas, CA, December 21, 2020 — Interim Inc. recognizes the importance of Mental Wellness Month in January 2021, and is dedicating the month for promoting overall mental wellness. 

Mental wellness is about how all aspects of your life — the social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual — all come together for an overall state of well-being.

 Mental health and wellness affect all aspects of our lives. It helps determine how we act, feel, and think, and it affects our ability to handle stress, connect to other people, and to make decisions. Thus it’s important to improve our mental awareness in any way we can, some can be as simple as laughing or having a positive attitude.  

Here are some tips that can help everyone improve their mental wellness: 

1. Develop a positive attitude — people with positive attitudes are happier, more successful, and better able to handle crises and stress. And in concert with a positive attitude, get an attitude of gratitude for what you have instead of dwelling on what you don’t. 

2. Avoid negative self-talk — Learn to be thankful for the good rather than focusing on the negative issues.

 3. View a crisis situation as an opportunity — creative problem-solving can expand your options. Try to make a list of good things that could result from the problem you’re having to solve. 

4. Laugh — Humor is a great stress-reducer. Studies indicate laughter can make you healthier. 

5. Exercise — Regular exercise increases energy and releases brain biochemicals to ward off depression and anxiety. Just a 15-minute walk a day will help keep body and soul together. 

6. Improve your diet — During times of stress, you tend to skip meals or eat junk food. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables, and fiber will help you maintain the physical and mental stress you need to deal with the situation. 

7. Get enough rest — sleep disturbances are common during stress. 

8. Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed. Help can be just a phone call away. 

For more information  go to https://www.americanmentalwellness.org/  or to interiminc.org.

 About Interim, Inc.

Interim, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that provides a unique combination of support services, housing and treatment for adults with mental illness in Monterey County. Services provided include affordable supportive housing, residential treatment, mental health and dual-recovery services, case coordination, therapeutic services, outreach and intensive support for homeless adults, supported education and employment, day treatment and peer support.


Interim Inc.
P.O. Box 3222 
Monterey, CA 93942 
(831) 649-4522 
www.interiminc.org

Contact: 
Marci Bracco Cain 
The Buzz PR LLC 
Salinas, CA 
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http://www.interiminc.org

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

GBA’s January ‘Ganas’ Podcast Guests include Hall of Fame Local coach, Iconic sportswriter

  Podcast Episodes Available on Apple

Salinas, CA, December 22, 2020 — Interviewing a Hall of Fame local coach who has given tirelessly to his community and an award-winning sportswriter and Twitter icon, Gil Basketball Academy offers new “Ganas — Leading from the Heart” podcasts for December.

Designed to inspire today’s youth through unique views and perspectives on life, “Ganas” (which translates to “desire”) is recorded live from the family garage of Jose Gil and Eva Silva, co-founders of the academy that promotes the sport of basketball in East Salinas through camps, clinics, individual sessions and elite travel teams. But more than that, GBA builds confidence and character in a membership that exceeds 450 local kids ages 4 to 17.

The “Ganas” podcast officially launched on Sept. 14, with past episodes available on Apple, or through the GBA website at www.gilbasketballacademy.com.

On Jan. 11, Episode 11 features coaching legend Jim Rear, who compiled 394 wins at Alisal and Alvarez high schools, earning induction into both the Alisal High and Salinas Valley Sports halls of fame. Off the court Rear impacted countless lives in Salinas, as executive director of the Sunrise House (a youth/family counseling and crisis center for alcohol- and drug-related issues), and as a volunteer for several organizations, including the Salinas Police Activities League.

On Jan. 25, the “Ganas” team will interview local sportswriter, columnist and Twitter icon John Devine, who has won 18 awards honoring his work at the Monterey County Herald.

The idea for a podcast grew from Gil’s growing frustration in not being able to completely connect with and inspire his GBA kids during the pandemic.

“You have to think outside the box,” said the longtime coach and athletic director at Alisal High School. “I was used to having hundreds of kids together at one time, and now I have to figure out new ways to have an impact.”

While the couple have little experience in media (and none in podcasting), they invested in the technology needed to turn the family garage into a functioning studio.

“Ganas” podcasts (including video with guests appearing via Zoom) span 30 to 45 minutes, and include topics such as sports, health, fitness, leadership, community and more.

 

Contact
Marci Bracco Cain 
The Buzz PR LLC 
Salinas, CA 
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http://www.gilbasketballacademy.com

Friday, December 18, 2020

Spirit of Giving on a Budget

  Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, shoppers could be thinking that the best deals are in the past.

 Mumbai, MH, December 19, 2020 - Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, shoppers could be thinking that the best deals are in the past. However, savings season is still going strong with lots of stores pushing hard with their discounts to lure last minute shoppers still looking for their presents this holiday season. You can finish your shopping with strong discounts. 

Sale promotion manager Andrew from CouponMeUp.com says, “Shoppers working their way through their shopping list can still rejoice as there are still lots of opportunities to save. December finds lots of deals on your gift giving essentials, with time for delivery on most things by Christmas. You can still fill the stockings in time for holiday joy.” 

Game the System

Sales on gaming and electronics did not end on Cyber Monday. More deals continue all the way through to christmas. Be it games, consoles, phones or other electronics like laptops, monitors and cameras, you can still see some steel discounts through to the end of December.

Cards, gift cards

If the season is near and you still can’t work our what your loved ones really, really want, then gift cards are the solution for you. With cards available from all your favorite stores, your sure to find one to suit your special someones.

Deck the Halls

With only days left until your loved ones arrive at your house for holiday festivities, you still have time for last minute decorations at greater and greater discounts the later you leave it, and the stores become more willing to clear out their holiday decorations at lower prices.  Andrew advises, “Really great discounts on decorations can be found the longer you leave shopping for them, you will have less choice but also lower prices.”

Do not miss a delivery

With all the packages arriving at your door, you won’t want to miss a gift. With not a lot of time left, you are not going to miss one. A new Ring doorbell can alert you on your phone when deliveries arrive and now is the time to save on one.



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John M Paul 
Straight Line PR 
Mumbai, MH 
8754435813 
Straightlinepr@gmail.com 
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Monday, December 14, 2020

Max's Helping Paws grants more than $75,000 for pets in crisis through supplementary Chestnut's Fund

  Did you know that Dec. 14 is National Chestnut Day? Some Americans celebrate by roasting chestnuts on an open fire (with Jack Frost nipping at their noses, of course). 

Carmel, CA, December 14, 2020 - Max’s Helping Paws Foundation celebrates another special Chestnut — a beautiful brown-faced puppy left at a veterinary practice back in 2005. Chestnut became a loving family member to Dr. Jonathan Fradkin and Max’s co-founder Dyana Klein — and later the inspiration behind the nonprofit’s Chestnut’s Crisis Fund. 

Named after the late, beloved Chestnut, the fund is an additional program created specifically for pet owners financially impacted by loss of work or business closures due to COVID-19. 

Since its inception in 2020, the fund has raised more than $75,000 for Monterey County pet owners like the Moores, a military family that drove across the country with their 1-year-old Labrador puppy Brinkley last summer. Before they could properly move in, however, Brinkley grew lethargic and was throwing up repeatedly. The family’s belongings hadn’t even arrived yet and they found themselves at the animal hospital. 

Brinkley faced a life-threatening liver issue. The family had already paid more than $3,000 to help him — money that was earmarked to pay for their move to Monterey. Knowing that they had to do everything possible to save their puppy, the financially strapped family turned to Max’s. 

Through the foundation’s special Chestnut’s Crisis Fund, the Moore family was able to help Brinkley get the help he needed through veterinary partner Pet Specialists of Monterey. 

“Brinkley is the sweetest pup, full of life and energy,” said Katherine Moore, Brinkley’s mom. “He has become a beloved member of our family in the three short months we’ve had him. We worried that he might not make it and he hasn’t even reached his first birthday.” 

Brinkley’s happy ending is just one of many created by the special fund. Since mid-March when sheltering in place began throughout the state, Max’s has granted more than $170,000 to pet owners, with more than $75,000 of that given to Chestnut’s Fund recipients. This total represents a nearly 400-percent increase from this same time period just a year ago. 

Initially expected to be available for a few months, Max’s co-founder Dyana Klein has announced that Chestnut’s Fund will do their best to offer this program for as long as they can continue to fund it. 

“We need to make sure we keep this program alive for those doing their best to financially recover from the crises of this year,” said Klein, who hopes potential donors will see the great need and help contribute to the fund. 

Believing that financial circumstances should never decide a companion pet’s fate, programs such as Chestnut’s Crisis Fund reduce economic euthanasia, surrender and suffering of severely ill or injured pets. To help the foundation in its mission, the community can donate in several different ways: through their unique link at the Monterey County Gives website where donations are matched, or through Max’s direct website at www.maxshelpingpaws.org/donate

For more Chestnut’s Fund success stories like this one go to: www.maxshelpingpaws.org/blog

About Max’s Helping Paws Foundation

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF) was co-founded in 2016 by Dyana Klein and her husband and veterinary internist, Dr. Jonathan Fradkin, in memory of their pet, Maximillian. The foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that supports all Monterey County veterinary practices to provide financial assistance to clients with pets in need of both critical short-term or longer-term care for chronic illness. Since it first started providing financial assistance in mid-2017, MHPF has granted more than $330,000 to give hundreds of pets a second chance. MHFP is based in Monterey County and serves only Monterey County. Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (831) 704-6473 and info@maxshelpingpaws.org.


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Marci Bracco Cain 
The Buzz PR LLC 
Salinas, CA 
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marci@thebuzzpr.net 
http://www.maxshelpingpaws.org/donate

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Donated Paintings of Carmel Beach Pups Capture Hearts of Pet Owners, Help Pets in Need

 When Ed Davis picked up the illustrations of his beloved dogs, Bichons Bert and Ernie, from Max’s Helping Paws Foundation office, he got a little emotional, shedding a few tears in the process.

 Carmel, CA, December 09, 2020 — When Ed Davis picked up the illustrations of his beloved dogs, Bichons Bert and Ernie, from Max’s Helping Paws Foundation office, he got a little emotional, shedding a few tears in the process. Bert had passed away just a year and a half ago and Ernie’s gimpy knees prevented him from going on their favorite weekend walks on Carmel Beach. 

Davis, a resident of Hollister who works at Hayward Lumber in Monterey, had been going to Carmel Beach to walk Bert and Ernie for the past 10 years and became part of the informal Carmel Beach dog community, along with artist Bonnie Folster and her beloved Scottish deerhound Buck. 


Seven years ago Folster started painting and illustrating the dogs she and Buck befriended on Carmel Beach, including Bert and Ernie, and by this year she had accumulated more than 100 works of art. 

When she decided to move out of the area, she wanted to donate the artworks to a good cause, which prompted her to put nearly all the works into the public eye, hopefully to be "claimed by" and given to as many of the families of the dogs she painted as possible, as part of a fundraiser for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation and its important mission to provide financial assistance to pets in need. 

Folster’s 100 dogs paintings and illustrations (some are acrylic on canvas, others are colored pencil on archival paper) went on display in July and pet owners could “claim” artworks of their pets and, if desired, donate to Max’s Helping Paws. A website was created (https://www.maxshelpingpaws.org/carmel-dogs ) so dog owners could browse the online gallery and see if their four-legged companions were immortalized by Folster. 

Davis heard about the gallery and thought, “I wonder if I’ll recognize any of these dogs?” After a few minutes of browsing online, he hit paydirt. 

“That’s Ernie! I gotta get this,” he said after spotting a colored pencil drawing of his precious pet. “I got so excited to find Ernie, I stopped looking. Then I wondered if I could find Bert.” 

After more browsing, there he was, wearing Ernie’s red Hawaiian shirt (Bert actually favored a blue Hawaiian shirt), but there was no doubt it was Bert. So Davis ordered both pieces of art and went to pick them up at the gallery in Carmel. 

“It was wonderful, and very emotional, but they understood,” said Davis, who met with Dyana Klein, co-founder of Max’s, to pick up the art. “I was more than happy to make a donation, but just getting paintings of my guys was even better.” 

Although he doesn’t go to Carmel Beach now because of Ernie’s condition and pandemic restrictions, Davis looks fondly on the days Bert and Ernie frolicked on the beach with their four-legged pals. 

“It was a bunch of great dogs and a great group of people down there. It’s a wonderful place,” he said about the Carmel Beach dog community. “I hope other owners will be able to find their dogs too.” 

One couple who did find their dog, cairn terrier Barley’s painting, was Carmel’s Terry and David Clemens. 

“My husband, David, and I met Bonnie and Buck five-plus years ago on Carmel Beach.  On our morning walks the two dogs, both Scots, yet very different in size, age, and temperament, became best friends,” said Terry Clemens. “One of Bonnie’s first dog paintings was of our exuberant young Barley. Years later she did another painting of our high-spirited but more mature cairn. We treasure both paintings, and our friendship with Bonnie. Buck will always be loved in our memories. We’re so happy Bonnie’s wonderful work is benefiting dogs and their owners who need help.” 

There are about 70 pieces of artwork still unclaimed out of the 100 first displayed on the website gallery. Similar commissioned paintings by Folster, of varying sizes would normally “fetch” between $100 for the small paintings and pencil sketches, and more than $350 for the larger 8x12 paintings. Dog owners can browse the collection at the website at: www.maxshelpingpaws.org/carmel-dogs. 

No payment is being requested, however, Folster asks that recipients of her artwork consider making a donation in whatever amount they feel is appropriate to Max’s Helping Paws Foundation’s MC Gives! page at: https://www.montereycountygives.com/nonprofit/animal-relief-fund-monterey/. 

“These are a wonderful, personal and very unique opportunity to claim art pieces that capture pups when they are in their most authentic, playful and carefree state — having the most fun,” said Klein. “Bonnie's paintings capture the expressions, the essence of these pups at play on Carmel Beach. These were created over multiple years, so it's also a chance for those whose pets have passed to have something so personal, special and meaningful. Capturing joy is pretty important right now.” 

As for Folster, she’s pleased that her artwork is going to a good cause and good homes. 

“I didn’t do it to sell, I did it for fun,” Folster said when the fundraiser launched in July. “And it just kind of kept going. No one asked me to paint their dog, but lots of people might be surprised and, I hope, pleased, that I did. I hope they will make a generous donation to Max’s for all they are doing in this community. It’s very gratifying to have the paintings find a home with the people who love their dogs. And I had fun doing them.” 

About Max's Helping Paws Foundation

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF) was co-founded in 2016 by Dyana Klein and her husband and veterinary internist, Dr. Jonathan Fradkin, in memory of their pet, Maximillian. The foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that supports all Monterey County veterinary practices to provide financial assistance to clients with pets in need of both critical short-term or longer-term care for chronic illness. Since it first started providing financial assistance in mid-2017, MHPF has granted more than $330,000 to give hundreds of pets a second chance. MHFP is based in Monterey County and serves only Monterey County. Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (831) 704-6473 and info@maxshelpingpaws.org

Max’s Helping Paws Foundation

(831) 704-6473

www.maxshelpingpaws.org

info@maxshelpingpaws.org

26388 Carmel Rancho Lane, Suite D Carmel CA 93923.


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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Pandemic gives rise to the ‘Staycation’ — Carmel’s Hofsas House provides Options for Regional Guests

  The very core of a vacation involves traveling from one’s home to a faraway destination — leaving the stress of life far behind. 

Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, December 09, 2020 — The very core of a vacation involves traveling from one’s home to a faraway destination — leaving the stress of life far behind. 

However, sometimes external circumstances (such as a global pandemic) can alter vacation plans dramatically.

 Enter the “staycation,” devised by savvy travelers following the economic recession of 2008. Some staycation aficionados choose to stay overnight in their own homes during a staycation. Others specifically check into a hotel to get away from home, but still stay within close driving distance. 

The Hofsas House in Carmel has opened its doors for those seeking to embrace the idea of a staycation. Because faraway travel is largely restricted, what better way to use up those vacation days than in idyllic Carmel-by-the-Sea? 

Staycations can save money, support local economies, and are easier to plan. While the traditional vacation requires many hours on airplanes or standing in security lines, the staycation leaves travelers more time to actually relax. 

The winner of the 2020 Golden Pine Cone for “best hotel,” and the Carmel Chamber Business of Excellence Awards winner, the Hofsas House is a family-owned, dog-friendly hotel in the heart of the village. 

In business since 1947, Hofsas House offers 37 uniquely decorated, spacious rooms, including two-bedroom suites complete with kitchenette, fireplace, balcony, and high-speed internet. Overlooking the pine tree canopy of the village, the hotel also provides a swimming pool and sauna. Located three blocks north of Ocean Avenue, eight blocks from the picturesque Carmel Beach and one block from a child-friendly city park, Hofsas House is a short walk from every local attraction. 

For more information, please visit www.hofsashouse.com  or call (831) 624-2745. 


Contact: 
Marci Bracco Cain 
The Buzz PR LLC 
Salinas, CA 
(831) 747-7455 
http://www.hofsashouse.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Monterey Symphony announces A Virtual Holiday Spectacular, In Partnership with My Museum and Pacific Repertory Theatre

  The Monterey Symphony, in partnership with MY Museum and Pacific Repertory Theatre presents a VIRTUAL HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR. 

Carmel/Monterey, CA, December 09, 2020 – The Monterey Symphony, in partnership with MY Museum and Pacific Repertory Theatre presents a VIRTUAL HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR. This family friendly event will be broadcast at 1 PM (PST) on Thursday, December 24th and will be available online immediately following. 


MY Museum in downtown Monterey is the backdrop for a fantastic local talent line-up, with costumes and decorations provided by Pacific Repertory Theatre. Gorgeously decorated Christmas trees will fill the space where joyful music and words will echo. 

Local actress and singer Malinda DeRouen Mueller, who this month released her first Christmas Album titled Christmas This Year, provides Christmas melodies for the show.

 Maddox Haberdasher will read the timeless classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” 

Monterey Symphony French hornists Alicia Mastromonaco and Caitlyn Smith-Franklin will regale with holiday carols. 

Lauren Cohen, Executive Director of MY Museum, and Nicola Reilly, Executive Director of the Monterey Symphony, will serve as hosts. 

Printable bingo cards will be available on the Symphony’s website to play along as you watch. 

More information can be found at the Symphony’s website: www.montereysymphony.org 

The Monterey Symphony was founded in 1946 and incorporated in 1947. The Symphony’s mission is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

 For press inquiries, contact: Nicola Reilly, Executive Director, nreilly@montereysymphony.org  or 831-645-1131 (Direct) 


Contact: 
Marci Bracco Cain 
The Buzz PR LLC 
Salinas, CA 
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http://www.montereysymphony.org

Monday, December 7, 2020

Goodwill Central Coast Continues Philanthropic ways by Supporting causes of other Local Nonprofits

  It’s a well-known fact that Goodwill Central Coast helps anyone who needs or wants a job — be it a veteran, high school dropout or someone with a physical disability.

 Salinas, CA, December 04, 2020 - What’s lesser known is the length Goodwill goes to create opportunities for nonprofit organizations that have similar outreach in the community. 

For example, Goodwill Central Coast recently joined forces with Interim Inc., and Coastal Roots Hospitality to coordinate the delivery of 350 Thanksgiving meals, warm socks and more to Interim residents, clients and others in need in the community. 



Goodwill will continue its support throughout the holiday season as Interim plans to coordinate two gift giveaways. One involves approximately 500 pairs of new socks donated by Goodwill Central Coast that will be paired with $15 gift certificates from Interim, which provide services and affordable housing supporting members of our community with mental illness in building productive and satisfying lives. 

In October, Goodwill Central Coast collaborated on the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Fundraiser for the second straight year. Through Round Up donations, customers gave $950 to the cause, and Goodwill matched those donations to increase the total to $1,900. 

In November, Goodwill Central Coast collaborated with customers through an in-store donation drive to raise funds for The ALS Association Golden West Chapter. 

Goodwill CC matched each donation dollar for dollar to aid the nonprofit provide daily assistance to those living with the challenges of ALS. 

Following devastating fires in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, Goodwill Central Coast rallied with its shoppers to raise thousands of dollars (including nearly $1,400 at the Scotts Valley store alone). 

Additionally, Goodwill Central Coast stores in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties aided wildfire victims by donating all funds from its Round-Up Program in September and October to those who lost their homes and were forced to evacuate, totalling nearly $8,000. 

Goodwill’s popular Round Up program is a way for shoppers to help enhance Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and career services that help individuals with special needs get to work. Shoppers can either “round up” their purchase to the nearest dollar or donate a set amount ($1, $3 or $5). All of these options are displayed on the credit card terminal machine. 

At Goodwill CC, revenue generated by its retail stores directly funds our high caliber job training programs. In-store change helps Goodwill change the lives of local residents for the better by providing them with the job training needed to become employed. 

Funds will go to nonprofits and organizations assisting individuals and families with emergency assistance, health and human services, short-term housing/rental assistance, reimbursement of equipment and supplies and other support for affected residents. The fund is a trusted repository for philanthropic assets to be directed specifically for this purpose. 

About Goodwill Central Coast

Goodwill Central Coast, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast now employs more than 600 people, including employment training professionals, sales personnel, donation center attendants, warehouse and distribution workers, and administrators. Its programs strengthen communities by improving job growth, the lives of individuals and families, and the health of our environment. Each year Goodwill assists more than 9,000 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. Goodwill provides a positive learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work.


Contact: 
Marci Bracco Cain 
The Buzz PR LLC 
Salinas, CA 
(831) 747-7455 
https://www.ccgoodwill.org/

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets Hit New Highs in Getting Healthy Produce to the Community Through its Various Programs

  By the end of this tumultuous year, Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets will have hit high water marks in getting healthy produce to consumers through its various programs. 

Marina, CA, December 04, 2020 — By the end of this tumultuous year, Everyone’s Harvest Certified Farmers’ Markets will have hit high water marks in getting healthy produce to consumers through its various programs. 

According to Everyone’s Harvest Executive Director Reid Norris, Everyone’s Harvest is on track to distribute more than $175,000 in healthy food through its programs by the end of this year, food grown by local family farmers for the families in the community who need it most. Programs such as Fresh Rx fruit and veggie "prescriptions" from its partner physicians, EBT/Market Match and others, have been a part of that success. 

In addition, 2020 has already been the best year ever for Market Match — a program that doubles spending power at Everyone’s Harvest farmers' markets for CalFresh shoppers. Norris estimates that the CalFresh and Market Match programs will top out at $40,000 by the end of the year. 

In 2020, more than 160 families are receiving a Fresh Rx fruit and veggie "prescriptions" from its partner physicians. Results tracked by doctors show healthy decreases in the majority of participants' BMI, weight, and waist circumference, and healthy lifestyle changes including eating more meals prepared at home. 

“Everyone’s Harvest has been successful this year, and I attribute that to a lot of community support, being designated an essential business, doing things safely and programs that work,” said Norris. “We’ve also been so lucky, none of our people have gotten sick and we’re getting through with a lot of perseverance and a lot of good luck.” 

Norris said that putting health and safety protocols in place at the onset of the pandemic helped Everyone’s Harvest weather the ups and downs of this year. 

“It’s still a safe, fun thing to do these days when there’s not much else to do,” he said about the popularity of Everyone’s Harvest’s five farmers’ markets. “We’re outside and we’ve had safety protocols in place since March.” 

Norris said that there is a holiday break coming up for its farmers' markets in Pacific Grove and Marina, when farmers take a couple weeks off to relax and reinvigorate the soil for the new year. This year, markets will be closed Dec. 27 and 28 and Jan. 3 and 4, 2021. 

For more information, go to www.everyonesharvest.org  or call (831) 384-6961. 

About Everyone’s Harvest

Everyone’s Harvest was founded in 2002 by Iris Peppard building on her capstone project as a student at California State University Monterey Bay. Since then, the small nonprofit has grown into a robust, values-driven 501(c)3 organization. It operates five certified farmers’ markets and is a catalyst for health-related programs across Monterey County. 

The mission is to provide access to healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables through certified farmers’ markets and community food programs. The vision is for every community to have a fair and sustainable food system. 


Contact: 
Marci Bracco Cain 
The Buzz PR LLC 
Salinas, CA 
(831) 747-7455 
http://www.everyonesharvest.org

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Alaska Airlines to Launch Daily Nonstop Service Between Seattle and Monterey

  Seattle based Alaska Airlines confirmed today it will begin daily nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Monterey Regional Airport. 

Monterey, CA, December 01, 2020 - Seattle based Alaska Airlines confirmed today it will begin daily nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Monterey Regional Airport. The new year-round service is scheduled to begin February 11th, 2021 and it will be the only nonstop flight offered between the two cities.  


“We’re excited to further expand our West Coast footprint with the addition of nonstop flights between Seattle and Monterey,” said Brett Catlin, Alaska Airlines VP of Network and Alliances. “Our guests throughout the Central Coast will benefit from increased convenience of a direct line to the Pacific Northwest along with connecting options to dozens of destinations across North America” 

“This is a great day for the Central Coast. We’re excited to welcome Alaska Airlines and its service to Seattle to our community and our region,” said Michael La Pier, Executive Director of the Monterey Regional Airport. “our travelers have been asking for this new service for some time.  We’re pleased that Alaska has expanded our partnership and shown confidence that we can and will support this new route. In times like these it is gratifying to know Alaska believes in this market enough to add new service.” 

Alaska currently offers nonstop jet service between San Diego and Monterey. 

The all jet service between Monterey and Seattle will be provided by Alaska’s partner SkyWest, flying the Embraer 175 aircraft with its two class cabin including Alaska’s award- winning First Class service. 

Contact: Michael La Pier AAE , Executive Director, Phone (831) 648-7000, Email  mike@montereyairport.com 

Tickets go on sale today and can be purchased today.  To purchase visit www.alaskair.com or call 1-800-ALASKAAIR.



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Alaska Airlines to Launch Daily Nonstop Service Between Seattle and Monterey

  Seattle based Alaska Airlines confirmed today it will begin daily nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Monterey Regional Airport. 

Monterey, CA, December 01, 2020 - Seattle based Alaska Airlines confirmed today it will begin daily nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Monterey Regional Airport. The new year-round service is scheduled to begin February 11th, 2021 and it will be the only nonstop flight offered between the two cities.  


“We’re excited to further expand our West Coast footprint with the addition of nonstop flights between Seattle and Monterey,” said Brett Catlin, Alaska Airlines VP of Network and Alliances. “Our guests throughout the Central Coast will benefit from increased convenience of a direct line to the Pacific Northwest along with connecting options to dozens of destinations across North America” 

“This is a great day for the Central Coast. We’re excited to welcome Alaska Airlines and its service to Seattle to our community and our region,” said Michael La Pier, Executive Director of the Monterey Regional Airport. “our travelers have been asking for this new service for some time.  We’re pleased that Alaska has expanded our partnership and shown confidence that we can and will support this new route. In times like these it is gratifying to know Alaska believes in this market enough to add new service.” 

Alaska currently offers nonstop jet service between San Diego and Monterey. 

The all jet service between Monterey and Seattle will be provided by Alaska’s partner SkyWest, flying the Embraer 175 aircraft with its two class cabin including Alaska’s award- winning First Class service. 

Contact: Michael La Pier AAE , Executive Director, Phone (831) 648-7000, Email  mike@montereyairport.com 

Tickets go on sale today and can be purchased today.  To purchase visit www.alaskair.com or call 1-800-ALASKAAIR.



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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

San Lorenzo Valley Water District In Process of Completing Two Major Water Tank and Pipeline Projects

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) is in the process of replacing three undersized and leaking redwood tanks in Lompico, as well as of replacing 3.3 miles of pipeline that were deemed inefficient, ineffective (due to age and size), and undersized for fire flow in Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek.

Boulder Creek, CA, November 24, 2020 — The San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) is in the process of replacing six undersized and leaking redwood tanks in Lompico, as well as of replacing 3.3 miles of pipeline that were deemed inefficient, ineffective (due to age and size), and undersized for fire flow in Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek.


New Lewis Tanks in Lompico (Left) and Hillside Drive Pipeline Trench (Right) 

Lompico Tank Project:

The Lompico Tanks Project involves three tank sites with six tanks total that provide the main water storage and service for Lompico and nearby areas, referred to as Madrone, Lewis, and Kaski tank sites. 

The Madrone tank site was completed in November and is now in use. The Lewis tank site has completed construction and is completing water quality sampling before being brought online for use. While the Kaski site is in the process of having its original tanks removed and will begin site grading in early December. 

The tank replacement project was funded through a $2.75 million assessment district as part of the SLVWD/Lompico consolidation project. 

The 5-Pipeline Replacement Project:

The Pipeline Replacement Project will increase the capacity for fire flow and improve water quality in the areas of Boulder Creek (Big Basin Highway - 236, Sequoia Avenue, and Hillside Drive) and Ben Lomond (California Drive and Quail Hollow Road). 

The pipelines in Hillside Drive and Reynolds Drive has been constructed. The final steps of installing service laterals, fire hydrants and air relief valves has begun and should be completed mid-December 2020. 

The pipelines in California Drive have completed the saw cutting of the trench line and potholing of existing services. Construction and installation of the mainline pipeline is in progress and estimated to be competed in January 2021. 

While the pipeline in Quail Hollow Road required additional environmental permitting. The draft Initial-Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS-MND) will open for public review in early December with construction slated for Spring 2021. 

For more information, call (831) 338-2153, or go to www.slvwd.com

About the District

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District was established in 1941 as an independent special district. The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected at-large from within the District’s service area. A special district is a local government agency formed by voters to perform a needed service, such as water or sewer. The District’s boundaries comprise approximately 60 square miles and 190 miles of pipeline. The District currently provides service to approximately 7,900 residential, commercial, and institutional connections. The District relies on both surface water and groundwater resources, including nine currently active stream diversions, one groundwater spring, and eight active groundwater wells. The District owns, operates, and maintains two water systems from separate water sources. These sources are derived solely from rainfall within the San Lorenzo River watershed. 

The District owns, operates, and maintains a wastewater system in Boulder Creek’s Bear Creek Estates, which serves approximately 56 homes. 

Website: slvwd.com Phone: (831) 338-2153 Fax: (831) 338-7986 Emergency Numbers: After-hour emergencies: (831) 338-2153 Address: San Lorenzo Valley Water District 13060 Hwy 9 Boulder Creek, CA 95006.


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Monday, November 23, 2020

GBA’s December ‘Ganas’ podcast guests include East Salinas Entrepreneur, Top Stanford Hoopster

  

Podcast Episodes Available on Apple Podcasts can be found here (https://gilbasketballacademy.com/ganas-leading-from-the-heart /).

 Salinas, CA, November 24, 2020 - Interviewing a creative entrepreneur from East Salinas and a top basketball recruit from Stanford University who refuses to be distracted by social media, Gil Basketball Academy offers new “Ganas — Leading from the Heart” podcasts for December. 

Designed to inspire today’s youth through unique views and perspectives on life, “Ganas” (which translates to “desire”) is recorded live from the family garage of Jose Gil and Eva Silva, co-founders of the academy that promotes the sport of basketball in East Salinas through camps, clinics, individual sessions and elite travel teams. But more than that, GBA builds confidence and character in a membership that exceeds 450 local kids ages 4 to 17. 

The “Ganas” podcast officially launched on Sept. 14, with past episodes available on Apple, or through the GBA website at www.gilbasketballacademy.com. 

On Dec. 14, Episode 9 features East Salinas native Julio Gil, who turned his natural creativity and drive into Central Coast Sign and Design, based in Salinas. The 1993 Alisal High graduate is a model of entrepreneurship for those who call 93905 home. 

On Dec. 28, the “Ganas” team will interview top Stanford basketball prospect and academic honoree Keenan Fitzmorris, who avoids social media altogether to create superior focus. 

The idea for a podcast grew from Gil’s growing frustration in not being able to completely connect with and inspire his GBA kids during the pandemic. 

“You have to think outside the box,” said the longtime coach and athletic director at Alisal High School. “I was used to having hundreds of kids together at one time, and now I have to figure out new ways to have an impact.” 

While the couple have little experience in media (and none in podcasting), they invested in the technology needed to turn the family garage into a functioning studio. 

“Ganas” podcasts (including video with guests appearing via Zoom) span 30 to 45 minutes, and include topics such as sports, health, fitness, leadership, community and more. 


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Friday, November 20, 2020

Cyturus Technologies, Inc. launches new website and branding campaign to reflect cutting-edge approach to cyber risk quantification

 Top-rated risk assessment firm, Cyturus has partnered with Cyber Theory, a full- service cybersecurity marketing advisory firm, in order to introduce its cutting-edge risk management platform to IT professionals tasked with managing cyber risk and keeping their organizations safe.


Dallas, TX, November 20, 2020 – Top-rated risk assessment firm, Cyturus has partnered with Cyber Theory, a full- service cybersecurity marketing advisory firm, in order to introduce its cutting-edge risk management platform to IT professionals tasked with managing cyber risk and keeping their organizations safe. Cyber Theory provides deep marketing expertise in the realm of cybersecurity, providing a network of relationships spanning all aspects of cybersecurity, in addition to the related fields of fraud, audit, compliance, and risk management.




The new website and branding from Cyturus highlights its unique Adaptive Risk Model (ARM), including its greatly expanded platform features and capabilities. In addition, Cyturus is also promoting The Cyber Risk Tracker (CRT) which allows users to continuously manage cyber risk while providing visibility to the executive suite.

“Our Platform allows users to gain visibility into ever-changing cyber security risks while simultaneously managing the maturation process.” - Robert Hill, founder and CEO

Today Cyturus (risk management as a service) offers the industry’s only subscription mitigation service designed to remediate high-risk findings. Cyturus continues to deliver a comprehensive enterprise risk service designed to identify and manage risks associated with cyber security.

These services are now enhanced with comprehensive risk management modeling.

Cyturus brings a unique approach to the cyber-risk industry. As a former CISO I find their service offering to be compelling. Cyturus cyber-risk services would add immense value to any organization seeking to assess their cybersecurity posture, understand their level of cyber-risk, and find a baseline for improvement into the future. I highly recommend it.” – Steve King, Cybersecurity Advisory Services, Cyber Theory

CONTACT INFORMATION
Lou Carli
844-4-CYTURUS
Lou.carli@cyturus.com
https://cyturus.com

About Cyturus
Cyturus delivers a risk reduction platform to measure the cybersecurity maturity of an organization across the entire business enterprise and provide visibility into the areas offering the greatest potential reduction in business risk.

For more information, contact Lou Carli, Chief Revenue Officer (844-4-CYTURUS).

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Balance Physical Therapy expands beyond Salinas and Monterey facilities by opening in Prunedale New Location to Open January 2021

  A native of the Salinas Valley, Dr. John Farahmand founded Balance Physical Therapy and Human Performance Center in 2002, vowing to build the most patient-focused, result-oriented rehabilitation facility in Monterey County. 

Monterey, CA, November 19, 2020 - A native of the Salinas Valley, Dr. John Farahmand founded  Balance Physical Therapy and Human Performance Center in 2002, vowing to build the most patient-focused, result-oriented rehabilitation facility in Monterey County. 

Using innovative exercise interventions, advanced rehabilitation techniques, and the latest in research and science, Dr. Farahmand and his team quickly expanded the practice, with offices in Monterey (2260 N. Fremont St.) and Salinas (143 John St.). 

Based on its reputation as a result-oriented rehabilitation facility committed to helping patients return to an active lifestyle, BPT has now expanded further, opening a third location (January 2021) in Prunedale at 17760 Moro Road, Suite #120 

The new facility will serve Prunedale, Castroville, Watsonville, Gilroy, San Benito County and South Monterey County. 

“We are excited to become  an integrated part of these communities,” said Dr. Farahmand. “We have a team of highly trained physical therapists and committed to helping our patients live a happy, healthy, and pain-free life” 

To better serve and connect with the region, BPT will join both North County Chamber of Commerce and Pajaro Chamber of Commerce. There is a planned joint virtual ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 28th at 5:00 p.m. with those chambers, along with Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, with details pending. 

For more information, visit www.balancept.com



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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Sanctuary Vacation Rentals Reminds Families to Think Outside the House and Inside the Home for Holidays

 They say “home is where the heart is,” so taking a family holiday experience on the road should come quite naturally. 

Monterey, CA, November 18, 2020 — They say “home is where the heart is,” so taking a family holiday experience on the road should come quite naturally. After all, a home consists of the places and people we love and cherish most. 

During these extraordinary times, Sanctuary Vacation Rentals would like to help empower families to begin thinking outside the house and inside the home for the holidays. Securing a month-long vacation rental on the idyllic Monterey Peninsula will help create holiday memories to last a lifetime. 



According to the auto club group AAA, air travel is down roughly 74 percent since the virus struck in March. While many remain leery of airplanes and terminals, loading up the family car for a holiday road trip to the Monterey Peninsula remains a safe, viable option.  Families can travel together and arrive to a greeting of expansive ocean views, fresh air and beautiful natural land and seascapes. 

Sanctuary Vacation Rentals provide safe, clean, gorgeous getaways that can redefine the holiday experience. 

Here are eight great reasons to book a home on the Monterey Peninsula: 

Create a beautiful holiday home base.

Enjoy a safe, family-friendly environment.

Pack and unpack just once.

Relax with extra room and the time to enjoy it.

Choose the type of property, amenities and comforts you desire.

Save money by shopping and cooking your own meals.

Enjoy high-speed wifi on multiple devices

Create lifelong holiday memories in the location of your dreams.

Find the perfect getaway home that will nurture your body, mind and spirit while you discover and savor all the delights of the scenic Monterey Peninsula. Sanctuary’s unique vacation homes, many with stunning ocean views, invoke a sense of peace and harmony, often awe, and in some inexplicable way allow people to relax and have fun, as well as to revitalize and reconnect with one another. 

Find out more at www.sanctuaryvacationrentals.com.



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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Cinnamon Shore for the Holidays: Your Holiday Home Away from Home Awaits

  The Texas Coast’s popular, resort-style village helps families make memorable celebrations.

Port Aransas, Texas, November 17, 2020 — Holidays typically draw families home, but this December, many are looking to gather for celebrations elsewhere. After all, everyone has spent a lot of time at home in the pandemic era.

Vacationers are choosing road trips to the Texas Coast—and to Cinnamon Shore, with its record-breaking reservations for vacation rentals. “We still have availability this December, however, and guests will enjoy seeing our community all decked out,” says Jeff Lamkin, developer of this New Urban development located on the outskirts of Port Aransas. “Families really enjoy spending the quiet week before New Year’s here, too.”

People are seeking to be together in a place that feels special, but also private, safe, and secure—with wide open spaces and plenty of fresh air. That’s what Cinnamon Shore offers. “With all the challenges and changes that 2020 has brought, it’s a great year to try something different around the holidays and to celebrate in a place where all you have to do is relax,” says Celeste Edwards, general manager of Cinnamon Shore Vacation Rentals.


Those who book this December will appreciate all that this charming destination offers:

·        Large beach homes that can accommodate multiple families. Many Cinnamon Shore rentals boast two master suites, two living areas, multiple decks, designer kitchens, and plenty of seating for mealtimes.

·        Condos and cottages with master suites and bunks rooms. Smaller scale rentals also offer everything families need. And one-bedroom condos welcome couples or solo guests.

·        A fitness center overlooking the Dune Pool. Keep moving during holiday getaways with Peloton bikes, treadmills, and more. Our workout center keeps safety top of mind with limited capacity and stringent cleaning standards.

·        On-site restaurants. Guests can enjoy popular newcomers at Cinnamon Shore―Dylan’s Coal Oven Pizzeria and Coffee Waves, along with long-time favorite Lisabella’s Bistro.

·        Village retail. The Bottle Shoppe liquor store opened in 2020, along with The Market, which offers sundries, produce, cheeses, and Cinnamon Shore merchandise.

·        Easy beach access. Dune crossovers make it easy for guests of all ages to get to the beach via a stroll or golf cart ride.

·        Quiet season charms. The less-crowded beach is just as beautiful in cooler weather.

Cinnamon Shore has grown into a full-fledged resort-style village with luxury accommodations, and its nearby expansion, Cinnamon Shore South, offers more beachside rentals with designer selections and style.

Special Dates During The Holidays

The Christmas season kicks off at Cinnamon Shore with a visit from Santa and his reindeer on Sat., Nov. 28, when families can take photos in the Town Center. Port Aransas hosts its Golf Cart Parade and Lighted Boat Parade on Sat., Dec. 5—another great weekend to book at Cinnamon Shore. And for holiday celebrations with family and friends before, during, or after Christmas Day itself, guests will have a gorgeous beachfront where they can bundle up for beach walks or football tossing. Many rentals have fireplaces for cozy holiday nights.

If vacationers can’t make before Christmas, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is a quiet season favorite. On New Year’s Eve, chef-run Lisabella’s Bistro will offer a prix fixe menu.

“We hope many guests make spending time at the beach a new holiday tradition,” says Edwards.

Check vacation rental availability at cinnamonshore.com.

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About Cinnamon Shore

Cinnamon Shore is a pedestrian-friendly planned community nestled behind the protective dunes on Mustang Island along the Texas Gulf Coast. It is the first new urbanism development for Sea Oats Group, which is fulfilling its vision of a traditional seaside village with a wide array of amenities and recreational facilities intertwined with beach cottages, luxury villas and vibrant town centers. Now comprised of two communities – the original, Cinnamon Shore North, and its new, 150-acre, Gulf-side expansion, Cinnamon Shore South – every detail of the master plan for both is designed to embrace the natural ambience of Mustang Island and the slow-paced charm of a walkable neighborhood. For more information, visit http://www.CinnamonShore.com, and follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter (@CinnamonShore).

 

About Sea Oats Group

Port Aransas-based Sea Oats Group is one of the most successful developers of coastal properties in any market nationwide, including the Texas Gulf Coast, where the value of its beachfront portfolio is unequalled. The firm is dedicated to creating traditional neighborhood developments that provide residents with the highest possible quality of life, while preserving the integrity of the resort landscapes they occupy. By combining living spaces with retail areas in a walkable, connected plan, Sea Oats Group weaves together beautiful places to live, work and play. For more information, visit www.SeaOatsGroup.com.

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Orthopedist Dr. Molly Meadows Launches Orthopedics Program at Mee Memorial Healthcare System in King City

  Orthopedist Dr. Molly Meadows has launched her practice and the orthopedics program at Mee Memorial Healthcare System (MMHS) in King City starting this month.

King City, CA, November 11, 2020 — Orthopedist Dr. Molly Meadows has launched her practice and the orthopedics program at Mee Memorial Healthcare System (MMHS) in King City starting this month. As the on-staff expert, Meadows is seeing patients of all ages to diagnose and treat orthopedic-related medical conditions.

With a career focus and specialty training in pediatrics and adult sports, Meadows completed medical school at Columbia University, did five years of residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and two years of fellowship at Stanford’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Redwood City.

Looking to bridge into a practice, she was excited when Dr. Robert Valladeres, Chief Medical Officer at MMHS, reached out to convey to her the real need in the community for these services.

“The opportunity to join the MMHS team as the organization was beginning to build this specialty area was really appealing to me,” says Meadows.

Her practice at MMHS also aligns with her broader humanitarian interests, having served on several mission trips to Honduras, Bolivia and Ethiopia with organizations such as Operation Rainbow that connect rural and underserved areas with specialty services and providers.

Meadows knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an orthopedist.

“As a gymnast growing up in Berkeley, I saw a lot of injuries that resulted from taxing the body and thought it amazing how doctors could put the musculoskeletal system back together,” she says.

Due to the complexity of this system, surgeons currently tend to focus on certain areas of orthopedics, says Meadows. “While you can still find some professionals that do it all, the trend today is towards specialization in order to really perfect one’s technique, and studies have shown this to be more effective in achieving great outcomes.”

Pediatric orthopedists typically diagnose and treat the full spectrum of conditions, from the rare, such as congenital issues and bone deformities, to the more common conditions, like broken bones and athletic injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus tears (the piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between the shin and thighbone) and kneecap dislocations.

Typical adult conditions that she treats include rotator cuff tears, ligament injuries, and meniscus and cartilage injuries. Many of Meadows’ joint surgeries can be done arthroscopically; using a minimally invasive procedure where instruments are inserted via small incisions and a fiber optic tube, reducing downtime and scarring.

Her approach as a new hire has been to meet as many patients as possible, get to know them, exhaust all non-surgical treatment possibilities first (this often involves physical therapy) and then perform surgery when absolutely necessary.

Currently, most of Meadows’ cases come from primary care referrals within the MMHS network, but the organization is widening its reach to expand these services throughout the South County community.

Meadows loves working with the patients and staff at MMHS.

“The patients are so very grateful as this service has not been available for some time — it’s very rewarding to work with people who are thankful!” she says. “The medical and support staff have been so gracious and welcoming and I am eager to offer expert orthopedic services to first-time patients in need of orthopedic care or athletes preparing to get back in the game.”

 About Mee Memorial Healthcare System

Of highest priority for the Mee Memorial Healthcare System (MMHS) is keeping our community healthy. This includes offering an extensive array of medical and preventative services with a commitment to the highest possible standards, the best available technology, and the care of skilled professionals. 

 The Mee network includes a hospital in King City including emergency services, 25 acute care beds and 48 skilled nursing beds, and three comprehensive outpatient clinics; two adjacent to the hospital (Adult Medicine and the King City Clinic, for Internal, Pain and Family Medicine) and the Albert and Donna Oliveira Clinic, a full-service, primary care facility in the city of Greenfield.

 MMHS is the primary healthcare organization serving the rural communities of Southern Monterey County. Overall, our healthcare professionals serve a population of nearly 80,000 within an area spanning over 55 miles between the agricultural communities of Soledad to Bradley.

 Learn more at meememorial.com/ortho or call (831) 385-6000.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Determined to help Pet owners pay for Veterinary care, Dina Ruiz joins Max’s Helping Paws Foundation board

 Facing unprecedented hardships brought by the pandemic, many Monterey County pet owners find it difficult, if not impossible, to afford the costs of unexpected care for their treasured pets. 

Carmel, CA, November 11, 2020 - Now they have a new champion in Dina Ruiz, the newest board member for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, a local animal welfare nonprofit that helps responsible pet owners fund treatment for pets facing a health crisis. “Helping responsible pet owners obtain vet services in times of need is one of the greatest undertakings in the nonprofit arena,” said Ruiz, who is “mom” to four dogs and one stray cat, who adopted her family in 2019. “Being part of Max’s Helping Paws, getting to be part of taking away stress and maintaining love, is an honor, a privilege.” 



Ruiz has enjoyed a long and varied career in broadcast and print media. She is the former weeknight anchor at KSBW-TV in Salinas. She co-hosted the pioneering television show, “Candid Camera” with Peter Funt. She also created, executive produced and starred in E! Network’s “Mrs. Eastwood & Company” while managing the pop-vocal band Overtone featured in the show. 

Ruiz has a 30-year history of service as president and/or member of nonprofit boards, including The California Museum, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy, Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Greater Bay Area, and now Max’s Helping Paws. 

“I came late to the wonderful world of dog ownership, getting my first dog (a pug named Coco) when I was 48-years-old,” she said. “Since then, I’ve adopted and/or fostered nine dogs. I cannot imagine the agony of watching their health falter — or losing them altogether — due to not being able to take care of their medical needs. I am so grateful to Max’s Helping Paws for making vet care accessible to so many Monterey County citizens.” 

Ruiz recognizes pet owners face urgent needs during the pandemic. 

“Times are tougher than ever with Covid, virus-related job losses and other hardships,” she said. “Max’s Helping Paws is the light at the end of a dark tunnel for pet owners in their darkest hour. I am honored to be part of it!”

 Believing financial circumstances should never decide a companion pet’s fate, Max’s relies on the generosity of the community to fund its mission. General donations are accepted through the nonprofit’s website www.maxshelpingpaws.org. 

Max's Helping Paws Foundation (MHPF) was co-founded in 2016 by Dyana Klein and her husband and veterinary internist, Dr. Jonathan Fradkin, in memory of their pet, Maximillian. 

The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports all Monterey County veterinary practices to provide financial assistance to clients with pets in need of both critical short-term or longer-term care for chronic illness.  Since it first started providing financial assistance in mid-2017, MHPF has approved more than $300,000 in financial assistance, and has helped hundreds of pet families give their pets a second chance. MHFP is based in Monterey County and serves only Monterey County. Max’s Helping Paws Foundation (831) 704-6473  info@maxshelpingpaws.org 


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Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Named a 2020 Platinum Choice Award Winner by Smart Meetings

  Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa has been named one of only 10 properties in California to win the prestigious 2020 Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings for hospitality “organizations that consistently exceed expectations and help planners deliver on their goals.”

 Monterey, CA, November 11, 2020 —Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa has been named one of only 10 properties in California to win the prestigious 2020 Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings for hospitality “organizations that consistently exceed expectations and help planners deliver on their goals.”


The Hyatt Regency Monterey has “gone above and beyond during these difficult times and moved to the top of readers’ lists by delivering professional, creative and thoughtful service,” according to the industry magazine. “Meeting production is a collaborative industry and working with the best-in-class is how we deliver above expectations for attendees and clients.”  

The Hyatt Regency Monterey was the only property in Monterey County to win the award. 

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course

Nestled in the Monterey Pines minutes from scenic Route 1 awaits Hyatt Regency Monterey. Here, guests will uncover an authentic Monterey experience: energized and inspired by the area’s coastal beauty, 22-acres of grounds yearning to be discovered and an abundance of on-site experiences to keep everyone entertained. Unique for every visitor, Hyatt Regency Monterey is a destination to discover your passions, the outdoors and each other—a place where you escape to connect. Features include 560 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s house, Knuckles Sports Bar, Central Coast Provisions, a 3,000 square foot fitness facility, spa, tennis courts, pools and whirlpools.  The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/hyatt-regency-monterey-hotel-and-spa-on-del-monte-golf-course/mrydm

 About Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Davidson Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, full-service hospitality management company comprised of 61 existing hotels and resorts; more than 120 restaurants, bars and lounges; and nearly 1.5 million square feet of meeting space across the United States. Amassing one of the purest full-service hotel portfolios in the industry, Davidson, along with its lifestyle and luxury operating vertical, Pivot Hotels & Resorts, specializes in independent and branded assets in the upper-upscale to luxury segments. A trusted partner and preferred operator for Hilton, Hyatt, Kimpton, Marriott, and Margaritaville, Davidson offers a unique entrepreneurial management style and owners’ mentality that provides the individualized personal service of a small company, enhanced by the breadth and depth of skill and experience of a larger company. For more information, visit www.davidsonhotels.com. Follow us on Instagram: @davidsonhotelsresorts and Twitter: @Davidson_Hotels. Like us on Facebook: @DavidsonHotelsandResorts. Connect with us on LinkedIn: @Davidson_Hotels_and_Resorts.



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