Source: Mission Marketplace Oceanside - Chamber business member Mission Marketplace will GIVE people selected as Finalists money to spend in the San Diego Best Shoppers Contest. “Smart shopping is more important than ever in today’s economy,” said Cynthia Gonzalez, Sr. Marketing Director of Mission Marketplace.
Five finalists selected from Mission Marketplace entries will each win $500 to shop in the Finals where judges will review their displayed purchases to award a winner $1,000 to enjoy more shopping! The public is invited to the contest Finals from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at Mission Marketplace,
FREE contest entry is open at Mission Marketplace in Oceanside for age 18+ residents who live within San Diego County’s geographic borders. View contest information and entry forms a missionmarketplaceoceanside.com/events/san-diegos-best-shopper-contest.
People can also pick up and submit entry forms this Saturday, February 17, from 12 – 3 p.m. in front of Ohana Hawaiian BBQ and Mountain Mike’s Pizza at Mission Marketplace, or at Crumbl, Ohana Hawaiian BBQ, Mountain Mikes, or College Dental Group by the February 29 entry deadline.
SBA Stands Ready to Assist California Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Storm and Flooding
Source: U.S. Small Business Administration
Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to California businesses and residents as a result of President Biden’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced.
The declaration covers San Diego County as a result of the severe storm and flooding that occurred Jan. 21 - 23.
“SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help California’s small businesses and residents impacted by severe storm and flooding,” said Administrator Guzman. “We’re committed to providing federal disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help businesses and communities recover and rebuild.”
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize disaster damage from occurring in the future.
Source: Scripps Health
It’s a common misconception that heart disease primarily affects men. But heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the United States.
Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. However, only about half of American women are aware that heart disease is their greatest health threat.
“Even when women do have warning signs of a heart attack, they often are very different than the symptoms men experience,” says Poulina Uddin, MD, a cardiologist with Scripps Women’s Heart Center. “Both men and women may feel chest pain or break out in a cold sweat during a heart attack, but that is where most of the similarities end.”
Heart attack symptoms in women
Women tend to have subtler symptoms, and they may begin up to a month before the heart attack. Symptoms may include:
Source: IRS Communications
Taxpayers can visit IRS.gov 24 hours a day to get answers to tax questions. IRS.gov is the quickest and easiest option to get help. The Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) is a tool that provides answers to several tax law questions specific to individual circumstances. Based on input, it can determine a taxpayer’s filing status, if a person should file a tax return, if someone can be claimed as a dependent, if a type of income is taxable, if a filer is eligible to claim a credit or if an expense can be deducted.
The IRS encourages people to file their tax returns electronically and choose direct deposit for faster refunds. Filing electronically reduces tax return errors as the tax software does the calculations, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information.
Source: District Attorney Summer Stephan
San Diego rarely has to deal with weather so severe and disastrous that a state of emergency is declared. But when it does happen, as it did in late January and early February when a monster storm caused flooding and other devastating effects, be warned that scammers will inevitably prey on homeowners and tenants trying to rebuild what they lost.
The recovery process for people suffering from disasters, including their homes and businesses getting flooded, is difficult. The District Attorney’s Office will not tolerate any unlawful activity by greedy businesses, contractors or scammers who would seek to financially exploit victims of a disaster. For example, price gouging and unlicensed contracting during a state of emergency is not only a crime, it also can further victimize someone who may have already suffered a heavy loss.
San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), one of San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institutions, is continuing to proudly honor San Diego County teachers through SDCCU Classroom Heroes, launched in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education.
Do you know an outstanding teacher? SDCCU and the San Diego County Office of Education recognize three local “Classroom Heroes” educators every quarter. Winning teachers will receive a $250 Visa gift card and be featured on SDCCU’s social media platforms.
“SDCCU is proud to recognize caring and innovative local teachers through our SDCCU Classroom Heroes program,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Campbell. “We appreciate their hard work and dedication, and we want to show our community the positive difference these educators are making.”
Galvanized Strategies, a strategic communications consulting firm, today announced a new leadership appointment to advance its public affairs advisory ambition and unify its go-forward approach in key markets. Aaron Byzak, who recently served on the executive leadership team for Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, Calif., has been appointed the Chief Strategist and Lead Consultant. Byzak’s background in healthcare external affairs and executive leadership, coupled with his experience in managing corporate crises, community engagement, and state and federal policy initiatives for Tri-City Medical Center and industry giants such as UC San Diego Health Sciences, as well as various healthcare, non-profit, and advocacy organizations, uniquely positions him to drive impact in this critical area.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned to mark the opening of the new Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition (KHAN) Building and Gymnasium Complex at the Oceanside campus. The 40,415 square feet complex replaced the existing gym buildings (5000, 5100, and 5200) to create a consolidated location for a new gymnasium, athletics instruction spaces, and the Wellness Center.
The $41.3 million complex includes locker rooms, equipment storage, and a multi-purpose studio. It is part of the Health and Wellness Academic Hub on campus and is part of a design-build procurement that includes the new Allied Health Building and Parking Lot-5A.
Source: SDG&E - After the holidays can be a difficult time for many people financially. If you are having trouble paying your energy bill, you might be eligible for programs and services that can provide immediate financial assistance and help you avoid interruptions to your service. Flexible payment arrangements are also available to help you pay down past due balances. Learn more at sdge.com/Payment-Arrangements.
Check out these energy assistance programs:
- California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program: Save 30% or more every month on your bill. Find out if you qualify at sdge.com/CARE.
- Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program: If you don’t qualify for CARE and your household has 3 or more people, you may qualify for FERA. You could receive an 18% discount on your electric bill. Visit sdge.com/FERA to learn more.
- Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: You may qualify to receive free energy-saving improvements for your home, like new appliances, lighting, insulation and more. Find details at sdge.com/ESA.
- Arrearage Management Plan (AMP): If you have outstanding bills and you are a CARE or FERA customer, you may be eligible for debt forgiveness. See if you qualify at sdge.com/AMP.
Even if you made a recent payment or set up a flexible payment plan with SDG&E, there may still be assistance programs available to help you. For a complete list of available offerings, visit sdge.com/assistance.
Source: Frontwave Foundation - The Frontwave Foundation announced today that it has donated $5,000 to Women’s Resource Center (WRC), a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in North San Diego County.
The donation is a testament to Frontwave Foundation’s vision to empower and improve the lives of the community. Domestic violence is a pervasive and devastating problem that affects millions of people worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, one in three women globally have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.
Learn the benefits and risks before trying
Ice baths are growing in popularity. They can help with post-workout recovery, reduce muscle soreness and promote overall well-being.
But anyone who wants to try this at home or elsewhere should understand what a cold-water dip or bath does to the body and weigh the benefits and risks and the importance of safety.
TrueCare, a nonprofit community-based health center serving San Diego and Riverside Counties, has been honored with the Health Center Quality Leader (HCQL) Silver badge for achieving the best overall clinical quality performance and improving health outcomes for patients in rural and underserved communities. This distinction is awarded to the top 20 percent of health centers nationwide by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Don’t let the cold sneak up on your energy bill this winter. SDG&E can help with energy-saving programs and tips to help keep your business’s energy costs low – and that can make a positive difference on your bottom line.
1. Lower the temperature. Your business can keep comfortable without cranking up the heat. Adjust your thermostat by a few degrees to help reduce your energy bill. Don’t completely turn off your heat overnight though – you’ll use more energy to heat up the building again in the morning.
2. Did you know ceiling fans help in the colder months too? Change the rotation of your fan blades to clockwise, which will pull warm air down and spread it throughout the room.
MiraCosta College Board Celebrates $25,000 Student Scholarship, Elects New Leadership, & Announces Trustee Resignation
The MiraCosta Community College District’s Board of Trustees convened on December 14, 2023, for its regular meeting, during which several significant announcements and events occurred.
Nursing Student Awarded $25,000 Bimbo USA College Grant
The Board meeting began with MiraCosta College nursing student Anthony Gonzalez's $25,000 check presentation from Bimbo College Grant. This grant, part of the Bimbo USA College Grant Sweepstakes, was presented during a special event at the meeting. Gonzalez expressed his gratitude and excitement, noting this grant's significant impact on his academic journey and personal life.
The holidays may mean an increase in energy use from festive lighting, baking and hosting friends and relatives at home. Here are some energy-saving tips you can use while still enjoying the holiday spirit:
Six keys to staying committed to a healthy lifestyle
Every January, many Americans make well-intentioned resolutions — such as eating healthier, exercising more, getting more sleep and losing weight — but research reveals that only about 8 percent stick with them.
“Making lifestyle changes can be challenging, even daunting, depending on the goals we set and how realistic they are,” says Mitch Biermann, MD, an internal medicine physician at Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley. “When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, set small and measurable goals that are not only achievable but sustainable and good for your health and well-being year-round.” To beat the odds, try implementing these smart strategies, whether your resolution is losing weight, reducing stress, increasing your exercise or getting more sleep.
On November 28th, the Chamber hosted its Rising Star Student of the Month program with the recognition of four local high school students. The Chamber's Rising Star Program aims to champion students that have overcome significant challenges in their lives while managing to keep on track with their education. The Chamber honors one high school senior each month from each of our area high schools at a monthly breakfast event.
The holidays can be an expensive time of the year. If you are having trouble paying your energy bill, you might be eligible for programs and services that can provide immediate financial assistance and help you avoid interruptions in your service. Flexible payment arrangements are also available to help you pay down past due balances. Learn more at sdge.com/Payment-Arrangements.
OCEANSIDE, CA (November 28, 2023) – The Frontwave Foundation announced today that it has donated $5,000 to the Veterans Association of North County (VANC), a local organization that provides a wide range of services and resources to veterans and active-duty military personnel.
MiraCosta College Raises $10.6 Million and Releases Economic Impact Report at the Community Leaders Breakfast
MiraCosta College today announced that it raised $10.6 million as part of its This Changes Everything campaign. This five-year fundraising initiative will help thousands of students accomplish their dreams. In addition, the school released the latest Economic Impact Report (access full report), which revealed that MiraCosta College had a $648 million impact in the region during the fiscal year between 2021 and 2022, equivalent to hosting the World Series 100 times.
A few years ago, Daphne Demarchi was an educator teaching full-time in Asia with minimal knowledge of computer technology. Today, she is working with advanced artificial intelligence models and combating cyber threats at one of the world’s leading cybersecurity providers. Her story is a compelling testament to the transformative power of community college education
SDG&E recognizes that this can be a challenging time for many people and might be able to help if you are having trouble paying your energy bill. You might be eligible for programs and services that can provide immediate financial assistance and help you avoid interruptions in your service. Flexible payment arrangements are also available to help you pay down past due balances. Learn more at sdge.com/Payment-Arrangements.
New checking program demonstrates California Bank & Trust’s ongoing support for service members
SAN DIEGO – (Nov. 13, 2023) – California Bank & Trust (CB&T), one of California’s leading banks, is proud to reaffirm its commitment to active military and veteran families in honor of Veterans Day. This commitment is underlined by the launch of CB&T’s Military Advantage Checking® program, which was introduced at the end of June. Please refer to the Deposit Account Agreement, Account Disclosure, Deposit Rate Sheet and Personal Account Schedule of Fees available in the online Agreement Center, or speak with a banker for more details.
When it comes to the efficiency of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC), one of the most overlooked factors is the condition of your ductwork. Failing to properly seal your ducts can lead to a host of problems from wasted energy to reduced comfort levels. Sealing those gaps is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save your energy dollars.
Frontwave Credit Union Launches Frontwave Foundation, Making Inaugural $10,500 Donation to Rady Children's Hospital
OCEANSIDE, CA (November 3, 2023) – Frontwave Credit Union announced today the launch of the Frontwave Foundation, its non-profit charitable foundation that strives to be a force for good and leave a lasting impact on the community.