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Guest Opinion | Robin Salzer: Save Local Businesses with Christmas Gift Cards

first_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * If COVID-19 concerns and social distancing have you skipping a daily or weekly trip to your favorite Pasadena coffee shop, restaurant or retail store, please consider purchasing a Christmas gift card now.Our small, locally owned businesses especially restaurants often operate on exceptionally small profit margins, which means a drop in sales of 20 percent or even less could have a severe detrimental effect on that businesses survival. At stake is not only the sustainability of the business, but also the employment of its staff.Though virtually every industry has been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the restaurant industry that has been completely turned on its head.The lack of knowledge about the pandemic, the bewilderment of mixed messages and the utter dismay of restaurants being closed while other retail businesses are open and flourishing is pure unadulterated frustration for restaurant owners.Our restaurants were given a great opportunity to operate with outdoor dining by Mayor Victor Gordo, outgoing Mayor Terry Tornek and our City Council until Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down the state again two weeks ago. Takeout, curbside pickup and delivery are again the only options available at our Pasadena restaurants. As the retired owner of Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ I know firsthand that it will be extremely difficult if not impossible for some restaurants to survive this second closure with solely offering takeout and delivery.Every resident, visitor and foodie in Pasadena can help their favorite restaurant make it through the holidays by purchasing a gift card or a party pack of their favorite restaurant’s dishes or sides.During this shutdown a gift card is a fantastic way for you to help support a local business even if you can’t patronize it during this pandemic. The idea here is that you are giving this business some cash now, cash flow, to help them make it through the holidays and you can use the gift card down the line when the shutdowns are lifted and things get back to as normal as can be. Many restaurants and retailers allow you to purchase a gift card online.If you’re ordering takeout while you’re staying at home now is also a good time to focus on ordering your food from a smaller locally owned restaurant in Pasadena.Chances are pretty good that McDonald’s and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse are going to be able to survive months of slumped sales, but the same might not be true for your local Mexican restaurant, burger joint or steakhouse. If you’re torn between a chain restaurant and a favorite locally owned spot, choose the small guy.As we all continue to adapt to a new reality, the best way that we can keep ourselves safe and support local small businesses is to consciously shop locally (online or over the phone) when possible.Yes, it might not always be the most convenient — you may have to wait a little longer or pay a little more than you would at a big-box retailer. But, as Pasadena and the country struggle to overcome a once in a century pandemic, practicing patience, empathy and support towards our neighbors is paramount to our recovery as a city and a nation. A decision as small as purchasing a gift card from your favorite local restaurant or book store could make all the difference to the owners and staff of these businesses and would be an incredible Christmas gift for all.Robin Salzer is the former owner of Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ. He is also a former city commissioner and the founder of the Pasadena Hot Meal Program. 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Double arm transplant for soldier

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Double arm transplant for soldier by: – January 30, 2013 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet 25 Views   no discussions ‘One of my goals is to hand-cycle a marathon’The first US soldier to survive losing four limbs in Iraq has said he is looking forward to swimming and driving after having a double arm transplant.Brendan Marrocco, 26, was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009.He also received bone marrow from the deceased donor of his arms, a therapy intended to help his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication.His surgeon says it will take more than a year to know how fully Mr Marrocco will be able to use the new arms.“The maximum speed is an inch a month for nerve regeneration,” Dr W P Andrew Lee, who led the 13-hour surgery last month at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, told a news conference on Tuesday.Four other soldiers have lost all four limbs and survived since Mr Marrocco.‘Sky’s the limit’He said he did not know much about the donor but was “humbled by their gift”.His surgery was only the seventh double-hand or double-arm transplant ever done in the US.On Tuesday Mr Marrocco said he was looking forward to returning to driving and swimming after the transplant.“I just want to get the most out of these arms, and just as goals come up, knock them down and take it absolutely as far as I can,” Mr Marrocco said on Tuesday.While he has used prosthetic legs, the former soldier said he hated not having hands.“You talk with your hands. You do everything with your hands, basically, and when you don’t have that, you’re kind of lost for a while,” he said.Arm and hands prosthetics are generally not as advanced as those for feet and legs.While he continues physical therapy at Johns Hopkins and later at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, doctors are giving Mr Marrocco a good prognosis on the ultimate ability to use his new hands.“He’s a young man with a tremendous amount of hope, and he’s stubborn – stubborn in a good way,” said Dr Jaimie Shores, the hospital’s clinical director of hand transplantation.“I think the sky’s the limit.”Mr Marrocco had been living in a specially outfitted home in Staten Island, but it was heavily damaged as the cyclone Sandy hit the New York City borough last year.BBC Newslast_img read more

Red Sox swap starters, pegging David Price on short rest instead of Chris Sale for Game 5

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “We talked about it before the game and this is a good spot for David, in a National League park to start a game,” Cora said. “Obviously he’s been throwing the ball well. It’s not that we’re playing with the lead, but we feel that for the team, for where we’re at pitching-wise it’s good for – to go with David. We talked about it the whole day and we decided, I just talked to Chris and David, and that’s what we’re going to do.”The decision led to speculation that Sale is not healthy, but Cora said he’s OK. Cora said Sale would pitch Game 6 back in Boston, if necessary.Sale missed much of the second half of the season with a shoulder issue, and when he returned his velocity had dipped. Since Sale came off the disabled list, he’s performed even better with extra rest, so perhaps the Red Sox are just trying to give him that for Game 6. They also might be planning to use both of them, with Sale in relief, for Game 5.If they use both Price and Sale in Game 5 and lose, they’d have Nate Eovaldi or Rick Porcello for Games 6 and 7.Sale gave up three runs in four innings in Game 1. Price gave up two runs in six innings in Game 2. Price also faced three batters, throwing 13 pitches on Friday night. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES — Just after the Boston Red Sox pulled within one victory of a World Series title, Manager Alex Cora made a surprise announcement regarding the pitcher they hope can finish it off.David Price will start Game 5 on Sunday, with just three days since he started Game 2 and just one day after he made a relief appearance in Game 3.Chris Sale had been scheduled to start Game 5. He even spoke about his scheduled start in the press conference before Game 4 on Saturday.After the game, though, Cora announced the switch, without giving a clear reason why.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more