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Monterey Bay Aquarium Mourns the loss of three African Blackfooted Penguins

Monterey Bay Aquarium regrets to announce the deaths of three African blackfooted penguins. Zuri and Betty, two female African blackfooted penguins died Friday, Nov. 21, and Tranya, a male penguin, died Saturday evening, Nov. 22. The cause of deaths is unknown at this time.

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Cal Fire warns Californians to be fire safe during holiday cooking

Cal Fire warns Californians to be fire safe during holiday cooking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun and festivities; but this time of year is also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.


With friends and family visiting, it’s important to not get distracted and to be aware of your cooking activities.

“The holidays bring inherent fire danger that can quickly lead to tragedy if you don’t take just a few easy steps to prevent a fire,” said Chief Tonya Hoover, California’s State Fire Marshal. “Just by keeping an ‘eye on what you fry’, you can reduce the chance of a cooking caused fire.”

To help reduce the chance of fire and injuries associated with cooking fires, CAL FIRE offers these following suggestions:

Center for Nonprofit Excellence presents introduction to Grant Proposal Writing

Nonprofits have the ideas and ability to make their communities better. A strong grant proposal can help organizations receive much needed funding to implement their programs. To introduce the skills necessary to develop a successful grant proposal, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) will present the workshop, Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing. It takes place Friday, December 5, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the Marina Branch of the Monterey County Free Libraries, 190 Seaside Circle in Marina, CA. Informal networking will begin at 12:30 PM; participants may bring a bag lunch. The training will focus on the common elements of a grant proposal and how to package them to meet funders’ deadlines and priorities.

Big Weekend for the Big Sur Food and Wine Festival

Year Six for the Big Sur Food and Wine Festival was a brilliant success, according to organizers of this small and stunningly unique coastal event that took place over the weekend of November 6 – 8. With almost every event sold out, attendees basked in classic “Indian Summer” conditions whilst  enjoying great food and wine throughout the area. “With the kick-off Gateway to Big Sur gala event at the historic Hyatt Carmel Highlands on the Thursday evening, to the final Dinner With Friends at the Henry Miller Library, we could not have asked for a more impeccable weekend,” stated founder and president of the festival, Toby Rowland-Jones.

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Community Hospital awarded ‘A’ for patient safety

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula was honored for the second time this year with an “A” — the top grade — in the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, and infections.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of leading experts on patient safety and is administered by the Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

On Veteran’s Day, Tuesday November 11th, for the sixth year in a row, Applebee’s will offer veterans and active duty military a free entrée as a thank you for their service.

Participating Applebee's wants to thank every veteran and active duty military in the U.S. by offering a free meal on Veteran’s Day.
The restaurant chain will also give away life-improving items to military families via the Give Squad which will be extended to families of veterans and active duty military, providing needed items such as washers and dryers, medical equipment, etc. 

Participants can chose from a limited entrée menu:
7 oz. House Sirloin
Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
Double Crunch Shrimp
Three-Cheese Chicken & Sun Dried Tomato Penne
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Chicken Tenders Platter
Oriental Chicken Salad

Santa Cruz County 911 dispatchers will begin asking Ebola-related questions

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - Ebola precautions are getting more serious in Santa Cruz County, as public health officials take steps to protect the Central Coast. Next week 911 dispatchers will start asking callers if they've recently traveled to one of three "hot zones" currently dealing with an outbreak.

Santa Cruz Regional 911 said Monday it will start asking questions after units have been dispatched to figure out whether the person is at risk of having Ebola. That way, paramedics will be prepared before they show up to the emergency room.

"The paramedic will question the patient about travel history and whether or not the person is suffering from one of the symptoms of Ebola," said Celia Barry with the Santa Cruz County Emergency Services.