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Be Ready for a Natural Disaster

Be ready for the next earthquake, fire, flood, or other emergency

Free fair on September 20 will help you prepare

 

MONTEREY, Calif. — After events like the weekend earthquake in Napa, many of us think about whether we would be prepared if disaster strikes. Unfortunately, many of us don’t get past the thinking stage.      

 

What’s the best place to keep an emergency kit? How much water should you have on hand? If you have to go to a shelter, what will you do with your pets? Get guidance and tools to help you answer those questions and others at the Emergency Preparedness Fair, Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Del Monte Center in Monterey.

 

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A peek at the 69th season of the Monterey Symphony

A peek at the 69th season of the Monterey Symphony

From classical favorites, to excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, and Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, audiences around Monterey County will have the chance to witness live performances of the 69th season of the Monterey Symphony this fall. There will be internationally acclaimed guest artists. A news release this week said, "a brilliant range of classical performances will emerge across the canvas of the stages at Sherwood Hall in Salinas and Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea." Single tickets are now on sale. The Monterey Symphony's 69th season opens in October.

 

 

Multi-million dollar cars draw tighter security for Monterey Car Week

MONTEREY, Calif.-Armed guards and a undercover security are patrolling the Monterey Peninsula as cars worth millions of dollars are making an appearance for this year's Car Week.  Security is tight because there's a lot at stake for the auction companies.

Last year Monterey police said a 1961 Chevy Impala Super Sport was stolen right off the Russo and Steele auction lot near Fisherman’s Wharf.  That car was one of four stolen last year.  That's why auction houses said they're taking a few extra steps to avoid a repeat. 

"The value of the number of cars that are here is substantial.  In the hundreds of millions of dollars, not just in our auction room but all auction rooms and concourse on the Peninsula," said RM Auctions Vice President Alain Squindo.

Squindo said the company pulls out all the stops to ensure these cars are kept safe from start to finish.

Carmel Mission Foundation gets $500,000 challenge grant

CARMEL, Calif. -  The Carmel Mission Foundation has received a $500,000 grant from an anonymous donor, which will help with ongoing renovation and preservation efforts at the mission.

The grant is what's called a challenge grant, meaning that donations to the Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500,000.

“With new donations now counting double, we are able to accelerate efforts to preserve the remainder of the Carmel Mission complex. We are very grateful to this most generous donor," said Vic Grabrian, president and CEO of the Carmel Mission Foundation.

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Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

 Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

You may have been in a situation where your pet had a life threatening condition, but you couldn't pay for care due to one reason or another. It's a really tough situation to be in, the thought of losing your pet to a lack of funds. Shelly wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, my pet has a serious medical condition, but I can't pay for care, is there any hope?”

Yes there is hope and one resource I’ve located here on the Central Coast is called the BirchBark Foundation.

Carmel wiping out dog waste problem on beaches

Carmel wiping out dog waste problem on beaches

In response to a recent increase in the number of dog-waste bags found abandoned on Carmel Beach, the City of Carmel is taking steps to address the problem.

Most recently, Save Our Shores, an organization that focuses on ocean awareness, advocacy and action, brought the issue to the community's attention in mid-July after the nonprofit collected nearly 40 dog-waste bags during two separate beach cleanups.

In an effort to curb this behavior, the City of Carmel is starting with education. The Public Safety Department is working with its animal control officers to teach pet owners about cleaning up after their animals.

In addition, the City is working with Save the Whales to put stickers on the Mutt Mitts to remind pet owners that while the bags are biodegradable, they still need to be disposed of properly in trash bins.

Donation comes at just the right time for Mission

Donation comes at just the right time for Mission

A $500,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor was given to the Carmel Mission Foundation at just the right time. Donations to the Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500,000.

The Foundation has new plans for the remaining preservation work on the Mission's historic structures, following a $5.5 million Basilica restoration last year. The Foundation is now studying the remaining historic structures in the Carmel Mission complex.

Vic Grabrian, President & CEO of the Foundation said this will allow them to accelerate efforts to preserve the remainder of the Carmel Mission complex.

Once the permits have been obtained and depending on funding, construction could begin within one year.

The Mission is California's oldest continuously occupied residence, built c. 1774.