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    The holidays are in full-swing! For many, that means traveling to spend time with friends and family, gifting them with items you think they’d enjoy. The feel-good season also invites the desire for families to visit their local animal rescue or shelter to find a new four-legged best friend. Six to eight million animals enter U.S. shelters every year, but only three to four million get adopted, so adopting a new furry family member is a wonderful thing to do, whether it’s the holiday season or not. But the good cheer of the season may soon be lost after December when the reality of a dog or cat’s responsibilities come into focus. If you, or someone you know, is considering adopting an animal this holiday season, we’ve broken down a handy checklist to ensure the adoption isn’t just a knee-jerk reaction. 1. Understand That Animals Are NOT Gifts  Bairyna/Pixabay The intent of gifting a dog or cat to a friend or family member during the holiday season may be good. Seeing your loved ones’ faces light up as they receive dozens...
    Getty Images A simple click or swipe on your laptop, tablet or smartphone to purchase a gift, buy sports and concert tickets, or book a trip may seem like the easiest way to shop this holiday season. Yet it's important to protect your credit and your identity in the process.  Americans plan to spend just under $1,000 on gifts and holiday items this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Surveys show the majority of consumers will shop online for holiday gifts and use credit cards to pay for them. And, about 1 in 5 shoppers — including 38% of millennials — will use "buy now, pay later" services to make purchases instantly and pay for them over time with no interest, a Morning Consult survey found. Whether you do your holiday shopping in a store, online or with an app, it's important to keep these five tips in mind before making a purchase. 1. Credit cards are often the safest payment optionThere are several federal mandates to protect you when you use your credit card. For example, if you are...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- COVID pandemic changes can complicated holiday travel plans in an instant. You may want or need to change plans due to safety concerns, or you may be upset over a schedule change made by airlines. What rights to holiday travelers have?"They just yanked it away from us in the last minute," Richard Goldman said. He was looking forward to leaving northwest suburban Algonquin for the holidays. "The booking cost 84,000 miles."Goldman booked a flight to the Philippines, with his wife and their 1-year-old son; hoping he could meet his grandparents for the first time."We've been looking forward for three years because my wife is an immigrant, she came here three years ago, and we haven't been back since she got pregnant the first year," he said. "We had our baby in March 2020."But just before Thanksgiving, he said United Airlines canceled their December flight and wouldn't let him and his wife rebook another flight with miles until March."They said all they have are revenue tickets, they don't have points tickets anymore. So they have the seat. They...
    Discover the art of light at GLOW this holiday season at the Exploratorium! Enter for your chance to win a Family Explorers Membership and a $50 store gift certificate! Five winners will also receive a pair of tickets.Connect, play, and get inspired in the glow of luminous sculptures, as eight artists turn up the radiance at Pier 15. Don't miss this joyful seasonal expansion of the Exploratorium's iconic exhibits on light.Enter the Exploratorium sweepstakes by simply clicking on the ENTER HERE button below.Enter daily, Monday, 12/6/21 through Sunday, 12/19/21 at 11:55 p.m. PT.Official RulesFollow the Exploratorium on social:Facebook - @exploratoriumTwitter - @exploratoriumInstagram - @exploratoriumYouTube - @Exploratorium
    Sure, there’s certainly plenty to look forward to in the coming year, but 2021 has been an impressive one for movies—and many of the best films are either now playing in theaters or landing in the next few weeks. There’s auteur Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming-of-age dramedy Licorice Pizza, which explores the follies of youth with a tender touch; Mike Mills’ C’mon C’mon, boasting Joaquin Phoenix’s most heartfelt turn yet as a middle-age radio journalist tasked with caring for his estranged 9-year-old nephew; Flee, an animated documentary about a gay Afghan refugee’s traumatic voyage to the West; and Red Rocket, a laceratingly funny character study centered on an aging adult film star trying to get his life back on track, from the talented Sean Baker. And if you’re looking for a movie to check out in theaters over the holidays—provided you’re vaxxed, of course—well, we’ve got you covered. In addition to the above, here are the films we’re anticipating most this month. WEST SIDE STORY (Dec. 10 in Theaters) Reteaming Steven Spielberg with one of the world’s greatest living playwrights...
    Black Friday, in November 2020, set a record for the second-highest online spending day in U.S. history.  In a single day, consumers purchased $9 billion worth of goods.  Billion with a “B.” Increasing amounts of consumer purchases are “fast fashion“—fashion trends that leave as quickly as they come.  The Ethical Consumer describes “fast fashion” as being fast in every way: “the changes in fashion are fast; the rate of production is fast; the customer’s decision to purchase is fast; delivery is fast; and garments are worn fast.”  But why is this such a problem? First, with the exception of the agriculture industry—the most destructive industry the planet has ever seen—the fashion industry consumes more water than any other industry in the world.  Second, the United Nations reports that it is responsible for 8-10 percent of global carbon emissions.  The third reason may surprise you.   Discarded clothing is as toxic as discarded tires or plastics.  This is because clothing is made with synthetic materials and treated with chemicals, so it can take 200 years to biodegrade.  As a...
    BOSTON (CBS) — People are visiting from afar, nearby, and down the street to see the huge Christmas tree decked out in lights and the open-air holiday market at the Seaport Common. “I’m from Columbus, Ohio just visiting, and it’s absolutely beautiful,” Theresa Flores said. READ MORE: 6 Adults, 6 Children Forced Out Following Fire At Dorchester Triple-DeckerThe holiday lights not only bring more people to the Seaport District but more customers through the doors of local businesses. Alison O’Brian, owner of the clothing store Injeanius, said she didn’t have many customers throughout the holiday season last year, but now that isn’t the case. READ MORE: Martin Richard Foundation Holds 4th Annual MR8K Race In Boston On Saturday“I’ve never seen this many people in the Seaport,” O’Brian said. “There has been an influx of people here. Even if someone’s not buying, they’re getting exposed to the business and they’ll know to come back and see us.” Other stores in the market also welcome the return of in-person holiday shoppers. MORE NEWS: Durham NH Police Searching For Missing 22-Year-Old UNH Student“It’s...
    In this article PYPL AMZN SQ Betsie Van der Meer | DigitalVision | Getty ImagesThe buy now, pay later phenomenon is showing little signs of slowing down. Shoppers have flocked to the option over the last year as online shopping has surged amid the pandemic, benefiting fintech companies like Affirm, Klarna, and Square's Afterpay, while also prompting other payment platforms like PayPal to move further in that direction and threatening banks and credit card companies. Use of BNPL poised to grow this holiday season, according to a recent CNBC survey. Seven percent of shoppers said they will be using BNPL for holiday purchases this year, according to the CNBC/Momentive Small Business Survey for Small Business Saturday. The survey was conducted by Momentive from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 and included 2,744 respondents. While that 7% still pares in comparison to other traditional payment methods – 55% of shoppers say that will use debit cards, 51% will pay with credit cards, and 43% say they will use cash – experts say that percentage could easily be doubled or tripled in the next year....
    RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It may be quicker and easier to order that gift online or run into a mall or big box store, but local small business owners across the Tri-State Area are begging for a bit of shopping love this holiday season. The Tanger Mall off the Long Island Expressway in Riverhead is a destination for many, sandwiched amid a whole host of big box stores, but drive a few miles to Main Street and a whole new world beckons. READ MORE: Department Of Justice Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Mount Vernon Police Department“I get to see firsthand how hard these business owners work, how much they give back to the community,” said Liz O’Shaughnessy, with the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce. Riverhead’s Historic District is filled with centuries-old buildings and small shops that stand the test of time. “We decided to go to the Star Confectionery on the corner and see about their homemade ice creams,” shopper Heather Bester said. RELATED: Shop Local Saturday Star Confectionery serves up fountain favorites. “My family has been here since 1920,” said...
    Share this: By now, the leftover turkey in your fridge has reached its expiration date. The USDA recommends Americans toss the bird meat three to four days after its preparation. Mashed potatoes should be good for three to five days. How about your relationships with family and friends who gathered with you on Thanksgiving? Did arguments over politics, culture wars, presidents past and present and divisive cable TV personalities sour your fondness for those relatives and chums? Are you now dreading, and rethinking, more holiday gatherings as Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day approach as a result of heated outbursts?
    Disneyland’s half century-old candy cane making tradition returns this Christmas season after the coronavirus pandemic shattered the peppermint hearts of die-hard fans who have turned the hand-made holiday treats into a cult classic. The limited-time seasonal candy canes will be sold Dec. 7, 9, 15, 21 and 23 at the Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen in Disneyland and Dec. 8, 14, 16 and 22 at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure. “Disneyland’s hand-pulled candy canes have achieved cult status over the years,” according to MiceChat. SEE ALSO: Disneyland announces dates for Lunar New Year and Food and Wine festivals in 2022 This year, Disneyland will do away with wristbands and instead use a mobile waitlist system for candy cane purchases. Sweet cravers can add their names and phone numbers to the mobile waitlists at the candy cane locations in the parks to be notified by text of their return times to make their purchases. Disneyland’s Candy Palace and DCA’s Trolley Treats typically sell the limited-edition candy canes from Thanksgiving week until Christmas Day. Disneyland whittled down the number of candy...
    ‘Tis the season for holiday lights, delicious feasts, and gifts galore. On your list for Santa might be a Star Wars Lego set, a Barbie dream house, and maybe even a new puppy. But before you head out to your local pet shop or shelter to surprise the kids with a 12-week-old Labrador pup, consider that soon that ball of fluff will blossom into a 70-pound ball of energy – and a lifetime commitment. Here are the top five reasons you should think twice before adding a furry friend to your family for the holidays. 1. Puppies Aren’t Forever Watson Media/Flickr Sure, Fido may be tiny and cuddly now, but soon, he’ll be enormous — in size and commitment. You may be looking to replace your house slippers with a slumbering furball at your feet, but you’ll also be getting chewing, whining, and puddles in the kitchen. Growing puppies and kittens need constant attention and a structured life — two things that are extremely difficult to provide during the busy, stressful holiday season. A puppy can go from being...
    Share this: Brooklyn has no shortage of houses whose owners mount elaborate, colorful and expensive displays of lights for the Christmas season. The best known are in Dyker Heights, so much so that some tourist buses have made the neighborhood and its lights a Christmas destination. But in Canarsie, the display mounted by the Seddio family home has also become a tradition over the decades. Now, however, Canarsie has gotten a bit less joyous for the holiday season. Former Kings County Democratic Chairman Frank Seddio’s home, which has generated large crowds with its massive holiday display at the corner of Flatlands Avenue and East 93rd Street, is up for sale.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Customers were pushed and shoved this week as a group of thieves ransacked the Burberry store on the Magnificent Mile – in the latest hit in a number of similar mass-thefts at high-end Chicago stores. CBS 2’s Tara Molina asked Tuesday how the crime is affecting the holiday shopping season. READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Lead Detective In Investigation Explains On Witness Stand How Smollett Went From Victim To SuspectThat shopping season is now in full swing. The Magnificent Mile decked out and lit up for the season, and so are the city’s other prime retail districts – with garland, holly, and festive lights. The concern is that the retailers on Michigan Avenue and elsewhere will not see the same crowds they have in years past – because of these continued crimes. You may have seen this recent video from the Oakbrook Center Mall. Fourteen people stormed into the Louis Vuitton store and grabbed everything they could – knocking over chairs and shoving mannequins askew in the process. Days before, a crew hit another...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- ABC7 is celebrating the 29th year of the Spark of Love toy drive - the largest community toy drive in the nation.To help raise money this year, we have teamed up with local muralists to design t-shirts. You can check out their shirts here.Muck Rock's shirt is a reproduction of a Santa Monica mural that calls for peace after two men were killed in late August in Kenosha, Wisconsin."I think it's a really difficult holiday season this year because of what's been going on," said local graffiti artist and muralist Jules Muck, otherwise known as Muck Rock.ABC7 partnered with Smile South Central to identify muralists willing to donate their time and talent for the project.EMBED More News Videos Local artist Moncho 1929 has created a one-of-a-kind t-shirt for ABC7's Spark of Love toy drive to help bring kids some holiday joy "I really wanted to do something to kind of capture the children and fire department and capture this whole kind of excitement that kids see when they see a fire truck," said Moncho 1929, a...
    L.A. CityOrganizations Only:Please send an email to LAFDtoys@gmail.com for directions on submitting the toy request form the day after Thanksgiving - 12/24/21.L.A. CountyGo to fire.lacounty.gov and follow the directions on the website.All inquiries via email: sparkoflove@fire.lacounty.gov BurbankAll toy requests should be made to:Pat SmolaFamily Service Agency of Burbank2721 W. Burbank Blvd.Burbank, CA 91505patsmola@aol.com(818) 845-7671Only Burbank residents requests accepted. El SegundoOnly organizations serving the city of El Segundo and the surrounding South Bay cities will be accepted, and they must submit a copy of their non-profit status (501(C) 3).To print out an application, go to: elsegundo.orgPlease email questions and/or comments to sparkoflove@elsegundo.org GlendaleToys can be dropped off at any one of Glendale's nine fire stations or Subaru Glendale. If there are questions, please call Dusty Arroyo (818) 548-4814 or via email at darroyo@glendaleca.gov . Long BeachGo to sparkoflove.org Click "Forms" then "Toy Request Form".For questions regarding the Spark of Love Toy Drive contact Firefighter Will Nash at (562) 977-TOYS (8697) MonroviaMonrovia residents can call to find out how to receive a toy request form at...
    It’s National Mousse Day! Many people might think the most important ingredient in mousse is cream or egg whites, but it’s actually just air! No animal products are required to create a light and luscious mousse. Recently, using aquafaba, or the liquid that comes from a can of chickpeas, has become a popular way to prepare mousse and other vegan desserts that need to have a light, airy texture. Aquafaba can be a lot of fun to experiment with, and a can of chickpeas is typically a cheap grocery item, making this ingredient super accessible and easy to find. Many vegan mousse recipes don’t use any chickpea liquid and just standard dessert ingredients that are whipped to incorporate are. Nuts are typically used as an ingredient to add thickness and richness. Whatever mousse method you decide to try, you will LOVE these 15 vegan mousse recipes from the Food Monster App for National Mousse Day. These will also make excellent treats for the holidays with beautiful presentations. Give them a try! 1. ‘Nutella’ Mousse Source: ‘Nutella’ Mousse This ‘Nutella’...
    The holiday season is a time for having fun and celebrating with the entire family, including your companion animals. We know the holiday season can be stressful and we hope your companion animals are able to keep you entertained and merry with unconditional love. The holidays simply wouldn’t be the same without dogs decorating Christmas trees or cats being … well, cat-tastic! However … we realize that having pets around the holidays isn’t always completely stress-free. Even a nice pet might turn naughty with the added excitement of lots of company and food. They want to have fun too! (Be aware animals might get nervous as well) If your holiday caroling has ever sounded like this: “Tis the…NO! Off the table!… season…NO! Get off the tree!…to be jolly…NO! Not on the rug! Falalala…NO! Don’t jump on her! Lalalalala NO! Drop the tofurkey!!” well, perhaps you should check out some tips to keep your pets behaving, so the whole family can enjoy celebrating together! 1. Play With Your Pet Before Company Arrives Okay, so we understand you are probably busy preparing...
    (CBS Detroit) — As people buy online, now is the time to come up with a plan to avoid Christmas porch pirates. According to a new survey from CNET, about 124 million Americans will leave those packages unattended for at least three hours. READ MORE: Two Arrested In Connection To Senior Sexual Assault CaseThe survey also found that about a third of people do not have a plan to keep their gifts safe from thieves. READ MORE: Benton Harbor Begins Accepting Bids To Replace Lead PipesHere are some tips to keep packages safe: Take advantage of package tracking to stay informed when your package is delivered. Install a motion-detecting video doorbell Invest in a porch lockbox, instructing the delivery driver where to put the packages. MORE NEWS: Michigan Reports 25,329 New COVID-19 Cases, 137 Deaths© 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Shoppers are estimated to spend more than $11 billion on Cyber Monday. As shoppers take advantage of holiday deals, so are thieves, targeting package deliveries. Laura Coyle was on a conference call at home when someone snatched a package from her steps in broad daylight in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood. “I was indignant, because it was just such a despicable crime,” Coyle said. Her doorbell camera didn’t deter the thief, nor did her dog who was sleeping at the time. “Because of the mask and hoodie, I feel like they were prepared for evading,” Coyle said. The package thief got away with a sweater she was going to return that arrived with a stain on it. “Well, I hope they had a huge amount of disappointment. Karma!” Coyle said. If a doorbell camera isn’t doing the trick to deter thieves, experts recommend instructing drivers to drop packages out of sight, require a signature, or, if possible, ship it to your work or neighbor who will be home. Amazon shoppers can use Amazon Locker at...
    VIDEO2:0802:08Americans getting a head start on holiday shopping this yearThe News with Shepard Smith Americans are spending a little less this holiday season — but still more than they can afford. Total spending on Black Friday, both in stores and online, fell slightly from a year ago — the first decline on record — in part because holiday shoppers started their shopping earlier in face of supply chain setbacks and shipping delays. All in, consumers plan to spend $997.73 on average for themselves and their families this year, according to the National Retail Federation's annual survey, down from the pre-pandemic high of $1,047.83 hit in 2019. And for the first time, about 45%, of shoppers plan to use "buy now, pay later," or BNPL, services for their holiday shopping to spread out their expenses, according to a recent report by Cardify, which polled more than 2,000 adults. More from Personal Finance:The 12 days of Christmas are more expensive this year1 in 3 shoppers are still paying off last year’s holiday debtHow to limit the bite inflation is taking from your budget "It's...
    You have undoubtedly heard about the difficulty in getting holiday gifts this year, due to supply chain problems. As a reminder, there have been problems with the global supply chain for some time, which were further exacerbated by trade conflicts. Then, when COVID hit, factories from China to South Korea to Germany were shut down or were forced Jill Schlesinger  to reduce production because workers were sick or in lockdown. In response, shipping companies cut their schedules in anticipation of a drop in demand. Related Articles Jill On Money: Things to keep in mind during health insurance open enrollment for 2022 Jill On Money: October jobs: Eeyore OUT, Tigger IN Jill On Money: Medicare enrollment is the perfect time for bigger conversations Jill On Money: Indexing is standing the test of time But demand never really eased up. Locked down Americans simply redirected the money that they had previously spent on services and started buying goods. Many were able to use stimulus checks and excess savings to keep demand high and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Cyber Monday is here, and while millions of Americans will be looking for the best deals the internet has to offer, cyber criminals will be hard at work looking to target online shoppers. The holiday shopping season is a prime opportunity for bad actors to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers through fake websites, malicious links, and even fake charities. Their goal is simple: get a hold of your personal and financial information to compromise your data, insert malicious software, steal your identity and take your money. And if you think you’re not worth being the target of such bad actors, think again. Criminals don’t need to know how much is in your bank account to want to get into it. Your identity, your financial data, what’s in your email — it’s all valuable, and cyber criminals will cast as wide a net as possible to get to anyone they can. In fact, they’re counting on you to think thinking you’re not a target. READ MORE: Temple Fires Rod Carey As Head Football Coach After 3 SeasonsAt the...
    (CNN)Cyber Monday is here, and while millions of Americans will be looking for the best deals the internet has to offer, cyber criminals will be hard at work looking to target online shoppers.The holiday shopping season is a prime opportunity for bad actors to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers through fake websites, malicious links, and even fake charities. Their goal is simple: get a hold of your personal and financial information to compromise your data, insert malicious software, steal your identity and take your money.And if you think you're not worth being the target of such bad actors, think again. Criminals don't need to know how much is in your bank account to want to get into it. Your identity, your financial data, what's in your email -- it's all valuable, and cyber criminals will cast as wide a net as possible to get to anyone they can. In fact, they're counting on you to think thinking you're not a target.At the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) we've put together a few easy steps to help prevent you from...
    “One Nation Under a Groove” music video by the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences choir The Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences (DAAS) choir is a reason to be happy this holiday season. Angela Kee is their fearless leader and, under her direction, the choir has performed at tourist conventions, opened Pistons and Lions games, and even sang at the White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama—and 80% of the students at DAAS live at or below the poverty level.  "What we do to inspire them here is we infuse the arts into the programming," Morton said. "We use the arts to get them excited about learning. And they do a great job." This year, the choir decided to their version of George Clinton’s “One Nation Under A Groove,” and the reaction has been more than they expected.  Renee Monforton, vice president of marketing and communication for Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Detroit) tells Blac she brought the idea for the choir to do a fun holiday greeting for the city, but was not expecting the enormous...
    Denver (CBS)- The day after Black Friday has traditionally small business Saturday. People are encouraged to spend money at smaller and local businesses.  If you were at the National Western Center in Denver Saturday, you could also buy American. Nick Ohitika Najin was selling soap and bath salts at Saturday’s Pow-Wow.  He and his 9-year-old daughter Haleakala run their business Lakota Body Care from their home in Aurora. It all started as a way to raise money to pay for gymnastics lessons. READ MORE: Colorado Daughter Of America's First Man In Space to Fly In Blue Origin Rocket“So, she made soaps. I helped he make it and it took off from there,” said Nick. They started in July 2021 and since then, the business has grown quickly. “I literally just put in my 2 weeks to my actual job, my nine to five job,” said Nick. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Deadly Head-On Crash On Highway 86 Happened Shortly After Deputy Tried To Stop Driver, Sheriff's Office SaysThat means now he is counting on the community more...
    SustainAble Home Goods sells a selection of eco-conscious products online and also offers cloth wrapping that can be reused.Source: SustainAble Home Goods Some children might be waking up on Christmas morning to find more homemade gifts and a lot less wrapping paper under the tree. One in three shoppers said they plan to ditch traditional wrapping paper for environmental reasons this holiday season, according to an Accenture survey, which asked 1,515 U.S. consumers in August about their holiday shopping plans. Almost a quarter of consumers, meantime, are planning to buy materials or ingredients to give their own homemade gifts this year, Accenture found. And 37% of people say they're likely going to be shopping in secondhand channels such as thrift stores this holiday season — for others and for themselves. That metric ticked up to 50% for shoppers under the age of 40. "It's a sustainable holiday," said Jill Standish, lead of Accenture's global retail practice. "And people are more aware than ever." After spending so much time at home since March 2020, many households are in a "different frame...
    Depending on your age and where you live, multilevel marketing schemes (also known as MLMs) might be ubiquitous in your life. Or you might be thinking: Wait, those still exist? They do exist, although companies get away with not being pyramid schemes largely thanks to legal technicalities. Some of the older brands in the MLM game include companies like Amway and Tupperware (yes, really), and those fancy knives people used to sell at parties out of their living rooms (Cutco). But between the pandemic and social media, MLMs have gotten a fresh hayday—and that’s fundamentally dangerous for absolutely everyone involved. Picture this: You log onto your Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, or even YouTube. You see a person—probably a woman, white, young—who is talking about making an income working from home. Specifically, from their phone. Specifically, in small pockets of time. They may even call themselves a stay-at-home mom and feature their little ones in the background of videos and photos where they’re talking about this miraculous essential oil, or a protein shake, or leggings, or a deep conditioner. Maybe she really does love...
    Everyone’s singing the “Supply Chain Blues” this year, worried their holiday gifts won’t make it home in time. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution that avoids shipping woes and might actually help small businesses in Silicon Valley: Shop local. And if you don’t know where to start, don’t worry because I’ve got a few suggestions that could cover everybody on your list — especially if they live in the Bay Area. GAME NIGHT: Believe it or not, there’s a knock-off version of Monopoly based on San Jose called — you guessed it — San Jose-Opoly. You might remember there was a Silicon Valley board game called In the Chips back in the early ’80s and a SiliconValleyOpoly later in the decade, and both were so-so at best. This one is spot-on, with Santana Row and San Pedro Square Market occupying the traditional Boardwalk and Park Place spots and references to Falafel’s Drive-In, Cinequest, San Jose Jazz and Shoe Palace. My only complaint is that the game tokens are generic and it really needs an Electric Light Tower and a Quetzalcoatl for...
    It could be a lean holiday season for some retailers, as New Yorkers are planning to shop and spend less this year, according to a newly released Siena College poll. Pollsters found that approximately 43 percent of New Yorkers plan to spend similarly as last year, while 37 percent said they will spend less, and only 17 percent are planning to open up their wallets this year more than they did last holiday season. However, while online shopping is expected to be on the decline, New Yorkers are looking forward to this year’s festivities, with two-thirds saying they are somewhat or very excited for the holiday season, up from 59 percent a year ago. “While most New Yorkers are planning are planning to either spend less or hold the line on spending, 17 percent plan to spend more than last year, and 18 percent, down from 32 percent a year ago, will spend $1,000 or more,” Siena College Research Institute (SCRI) Director Dan Levy said. 
“Plans to shop online are down from last year as over two-thirds of residents...
    (CNN) — This Black Friday could very likely be the start of the final holiday shopping season for Sears and Kmart, two brands that once proudly dominated the U.S. retail landscape. The two chains are only a shell of what they were when the holding company that owns both emerged from bankruptcy less than three years ago. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues Causing Kitchen And Laundry Appliance ShortagesAt the time, the holding company — given the overly optimistic name Transformco — still had 223 Sears and 202 Kmart stores nationwide. That was already down 87% from the 3,500 stores between the two brands when they merged together in 2005 to form Sears Holdings. But the percentage drop in stores since the company emerged from bankruptcy in February of 2019 has been even steeper. Today there are only 21 full-line Sears stores left in the mainland United States, and two more in Puerto Rico, according to the store locator on the Sears website, once recent closings are eliminated. Another seven stores listed on the site are limited to selling appliances, and...
    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) – In California, one in five families deals with food insecurity and those numbers are even higher in Los Angeles where food banks and the volunteers that staff them are struggling to keep up with demand. On Thursday, many families were making a mad dash to pick up the last minute touches for Thanksgiving meals. READ MORE: Tens Of Thousands Of Residents Still Without PowerFor other families, though, Thanksgiving shopping looked a little different this year, as they lined up for free food all over the southland area. “Times are really hard and this is a blessing and a help,” one woman, who was waiting in line at a food bank, told CBSLA. The extra need means that everyone at the LA Regional Food Bank is working over time. “LA depends on us right now, because we feed LA,” said Fernando Romo, who drives the forklift at the Vernon warehouse, a job he’s loved for 18 years. Romo said he, and everyone he works with, have been working an extra eight to 10 hours a week for...
    (CNN) — This Black Friday could very likely be the start of the final holiday shopping season for Sears and Kmart, two brands that once proudly dominated the U.S. retail landscape. The two chains are only a shell of what they were when the holding company that owns both emerged from bankruptcy less than three years ago. READ MORE: Massachusetts Thanksgiving High School Football ScoreboardAt the time, the holding company — given the overly optimistic name Transformco — still had 223 Sears and 202 Kmart stores nationwide. That was already down 87% from the 3,500 stores between the two brands when they merged together in 2005 to form Sears Holdings. But the percentage drop in stores since the company emerged from bankruptcy in February of 2019 has been even steeper. Today there are only 21 full-line Sears stores left in the mainland United States, and two more in Puerto Rico, according to the store locator on the Sears website, once recent closings are eliminated. Another seven stores listed on the site are limited to selling appliances, and in some cases,...
    Every holiday season, people debate back and forth about what to donate to food banks and shelters: food? Diapers? Interview clothes? Just cash? There are pros and cons to all options, and frankly, the best route is to reach out to the specific shelter or organization you’re interested in and ask what they find most useful at that point in time. With that said, one underdiscussed type of donation I always encourage folks to consider (holidays or not) is cookware and kitchen appliances.  The InstantPot you were gifted and never used? Take it to a Goodwill. The rice cooker you’ve replaced with a fancier model but still works fine? Donation center. The humble coffee pot that’s collected dust because you moved into a matcha phase? Clean it up and drop it off. Provided the item works correctly and is safe to use, there’s no harm in donating it to a person or group who might appreciate it. In fact, a barely used set of glassware or a slightly dated quesadilla maker might add a lot of warmth and enjoyment to a...
    Originally Published: 25 NOV 21 13:13 ET By Chris Isidore, CNN Business (CNN) — This Black Friday could very likely be the start of the final holiday shopping season for Sears and Kmart, two brands that once proudly dominated the US retail landscape. The two chains are only a shell of what they were when the holding company that owns both emerged from bankruptcy less than three years ago. At the time, the holding company — given the overly optimistic name Transformco — still had 223 Sears and 202 Kmart stores nationwide. That was already down 87% from the 3,500 stores between the two brands when they merged together in 2005 to form Sears Holdings. But the percentage drop in stores since the company emerged from bankruptcy in February of 2019 has been even steeper. Today there are only 21 full-line Sears stores left in the mainland United States, and two more in Puerto Rico, according to the store locator on the Sears website, once recent closings are eliminated. Another seven stores listed on the site are limited to...
    New York (CNN Business)This Black Friday could very likely be the start of the final holiday shopping season for Sears and Kmart, two brands that once proudly dominated the US retail landscape. The two chains are only a shell of what they were when the holding company that owns both emerged from bankruptcy less than three years ago. At the time, the holding company — given the overly optimistic name Transformco — still had 223 Sears and 202 Kmart stores nationwide. That was already down 87% from the 3,500 stores between the two brands when they merged together in 2005 to form Sears Holdings. But the percentage drop in stores since the company emerged from bankruptcy in February of 2019 has been even steeper.Today there are only 21 full-line Sears stores left in the mainland United States, and two more in Puerto Rico, according to the store locator on the Sears website, once recent closings are eliminated. Another seven stores listed on the site are limited to selling appliances, and in some cases, mattresses, rather than the full range of...
    Donna Hilliard, executive director at Code Tenderloin, said the non-profit group serving the homeless population is currently seeing more demand than it has ever seen.Source: Code Tenderloin Code Tenderloin, a nonprofit group serving the homeless in San Francisco, said it has about $7,000 worth of gift cards to hand out to those who need the extra financial assistance over the holidays. In recent weeks, requests from members of the community have poured in for food, clothing and gifts. Others are merely seeking Code Tenderloin's help to put a roof over their heads on a rainy evening. And those solicitations will likely only mount as the holiday season drags on, said Donna Hilliard, executive director at Code Tenderloin. "While everybody is going through their day-to-day, super excited about this holiday season, we have a whole community of folks who are stressed out," said Hilliard in a phone interview. "We're seeing more demand this year than we've ever seen." The dynamic that Code Tenderloin witnesses playing out in San Francisco speaks to a bigger wealth gap that has only accelerated during the...
    AUBURN (CBS13) — As peak wildfire season winds down, some firefighters are heading home to their families for the holiday — but others aren’t as lucky. Cal Fire crews are manning their stations for Thanksgiving, making meals and hoping they won’t be called into action mid-turkey dinner. READ MORE: Stanislaus County White Supremacist Among Group Held Legally Responsible for Charlottesville ViolenceFirefighters at Cal Fire’s Auburn told us about how they make the most of being away from home for the holiday. Sharing gratitude, meals, and memories at the table is typical on Thanksgiving. “We’ll have all the food lined up here,” said Nick Martinez, with Cal Fire. “We get a lot of donations, family brings stuff and we like to cook as well.” This year, Cal Fire crew members won’t be breaking bread with their biological family, but instead with their fire family. As peak fire season winds down, crews were expecting to be home for the holidays but Battalion Chief Brian Eagan says this year that won’t be the case. READ MORE: Families At SMF Reunite For First Time In...
    (CBS Detroit) — The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is no stranger to the holiday rush. Officials say they expect more than 3.5 million travelers to pass through during this holiday season — more than double compared to the same time last year and 15% lower than 2019. READ MORE: Here Are Foods Experts Say You Shouldn't Feed Your Dog This Thanksgiving“We’re cautiously optimistic about the travel forecast this holiday season,” Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton said in a press release. “Only time will tell if this increase in passenger traffic is a sign our economy and our industry are rebounding. Regardless, our Detroit Metropolitan Airport team will continue working hard to deliver an excellent customer experience, while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in our terminals.” READ MORE: Dollar Tree Raising Prices By 25%; Most Items Will Cost $1.25In addition to reminding people of wearing masks or face coverings, airport officials provided the following holiday tips: In addition to the mask reminder, DTW has a few more holiday travel tips to share. Apply...
    The holiday season has arrived, and with it comes temptation. Thanksgiving stuffing and Christmas cookies seem to lurk at every turn and there seems to be a holiday cocktail party every week from November to Jan. 1.  VIRAL TIKTOK SHOWING A DOG CLIMB THROUGH A STARBUCKS WINDOW SPARKS DEBATE Alcohol consumption, while potentially leading to some embarrassing moments with colleagues, can be harmful to your health if done to excess.  So, how much alcohol should one have during a typical night out this year?  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to drink "in moderation" women should have one drink or less in a day and men should have two drinks or less in that same time period.  A woman drinking a glass of wine (Credit: iStock) The agency shows that the size of a standard beer is 12 ounces with 5% alcohol by volume (ABV), a glass of wine is 5 ounces with 12% ABV, a bottle of malt liquor is 8 ounces with 7% ABV and a glass of distilled spirits like gin,...
    Black Friday and Cyber Monday – the ‘holidays’ designed to get your credit cards out and buy, buy, buy – are just around the corner. If you aren’t planning to partake in the oh-so-American act of rushing to a Walmart or Bath & Body Works the second you’re finished with your Thanksgiving meal, you may be getting ready to take advantage of all the sales and discounts on retailers’ online platforms. There are a lot of perks to doing your shopping online nowadays. You get to avoid large crowds and the always-present possibility of being exposed to COVID-19. All the products are organized into neat web pages instead of piled onto shelves and hanging on racks. And everything arrives perfectly packaged right to your doorstep.  However, the reality of how online shopping impacts the environment, fills landfills, and promotes unconscious consumerism may make you rethink how and where you get your discounted goods this holiday season.  The Carbon Emissions  Holiday-related shipments are on the rise. In 2018, the US Postal Service expected to receive a whopping 10 percent...
    Those who haven't been vaccinated should reconsider, experts say. Is travel safe during the pandemic this holiday season? It depends. It can be safe if you're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but officials say people who haven't gotten the shots should delay travel. Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers should keep taking precautions like avoiding indoor, unmasked crowds, says Dr. Keith Armitage, an infectious disease expert at Case Western Reserve University. "The delta variant has really brought us back to an earlier time in the pandemic," he says. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says not to travel if you're sick, or if you tested positive for COVID-19 and your isolation period isn't over yet — even if you're fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated people who decide to travel should get a COVID-19 test one to three days before travel and three to five days after returning. All travelers must still wear masks on trains, planes and other indoor public transportation areas, the agency says. Airlines say plane cabins are low risk...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In Spring Garden, a project is keeping people fed, and they hope it will also help keep people warm this winter. “This is something that came from our wish list,” Rachael Ketterer with Spring Garden Community Pantry said. READ MORE: By Plane Or Train, Philadelphia Travelers Head Out Before The Thanksgiving HolidayOutside the headquarters of SEIU Local 668 on Spring Garden Street, Ketterer is restocking the Spring Garden Community Pantry. “Things go really quickly, so we know that there’s a need,” Ketterer said. The pantry is just an unplugged, unlocked fridge. Residents started the project this spring and filled it with nonperishable food for anyone to take. This little food pantry on the sidewalk is always open, and always free. “We’re not collecting any money. It’s people bringing things from their own pantries, or going to the stores themselves and just bringing things that they see people need,” Ketterer said. Ketterer and Teresa Rodriguez are two of the volunteers who keep it stocked. “Food insecurity is a real crisis as a nation that, we as a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- We know this year's holiday season might feel a little more normal than last year, but things are still difficult for many Bay Area families and organizations working hard to help.DAY OF GIVING: Here's how to help in your communityIf you are able and would like to make a donation, ABC7 News has created a list of vetted organizations by county that make a great impact in helping to build a better Bay Area.This list of community groups will be updated periodically. If you would like to nominate a community group in your neighborhood that's doing great work, please fill out the form below.COUNTY-BY-COUNTY LISTS Alameda County Contra Costa County Marin County Napa County San Francisco San Mateo County Santa Clara County Solano County Sonoma County For the full list of charities across the San Francisco Bay Area, scroll down.BAY AREA-WIDE CHARITIES LifeLong Medical CareDonate Here Ronald McDonald House Charities - Bay AreaDonate Here Self Help for the ElderlyDonate Here Center for Elders' IndependenceDonate Here La Clinica - A...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — While tis the season for holiday online shopping deals, it’s also a time of year when Internet scammers get more active and the FBI Baltimore wants shoppers to be careful. “It’s very important for consumers to be aware of all the potential frauds and scams that’s as our there,” said Keith Custer, Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Baltimore Field Office. READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Stepping Up Patrol During Holiday Shopping Season Amid Recent Spike In CrimeMaryland ranked tenth in the nation last year for the number of alleged scam victims. Consumers lost more than $62 million and fraud is becoming more common. So what can you do to avoid becoming a victim of these scams? Supervisory Special Agent Keith Custer says to be skeptical when shopping online and verify the legitimacy of websites you shop on. “There’s a lot of scammers and a lot of fraudsters out there who are very slick,” he said. Don’t click on links from unknown sites you don’t recognize. Be cautious of sellers that demand payment in gift cards and use...
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — This year, safety is of the essence when you’re driving around town, and in and out of the car while running errands. Carjackings are up nationwide. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says beginning in June 2020, the United States experienced a 13% increase in auto thefts. And in Minneapolis, there have been 540 this year — five times the amount in 2019. READ MORE: Woman Averts Attempted Carjacking In Southwest Minneapolis As Similar Crimes Surge In The CityThe busiest shopping season is underway, and at Mall of America, shoppers are heading into the season with joy, but also with caution. Maria Dockendorf and Tessia Gebherd have been friends since they were sophomores in high school. Now college students, they met up at Mall of America for a shopping reunion. They both say they keep safety in mind. “I usually lock my car all the time, like double check, make sure it honks and stuff,” Gebherd said. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Minneapolis Carjacking Victim Says He Was 'Absolutely In Shock' By...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The 32nd annual Festival of Trees is back this year! This year after a brief hiatus, the iconic three-day festival is reimagined to include online activities along with onsite activities, all of which capture the holiday spirit. READ MORE: Trump Backs Cox's Bid For GOP Nomination In Maryland Governor's RaceOf course, the main attraction features designer-decorated trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses for sale. The trees benefit current students, patients and programs. The program started in 1990 and over the years has raised more than $24 million for the non-profit organization. READ MORE: Mosby Bashes Hogan After Governor Calls For Review Of State Funds Allocated To State's Attorney's Office“The help that they provide to children, young adults is immeasurable,” said tree curator Kathy Zuback. “It’s very important to do that and I figure the side benefit of the holiday spirit that starts us off for the season is just icing on the cake.” Zuback and her daughter Jessica made a tree inspired by the Pixar movie Luca. Karla Varela designed her tree in celebration of her family’s Mexican culture....
    The holiday season is the best time to give back to animal shelters. It is a busy time of year, and animal shelters usually already have pretty low budgets. They are always in  If you cannot do anything that requires money, you can always donate your time. Volunteering is always a great way to do to show the animals some human affection. Shelters are always in need of volunteers, so don’t hesitate to ask if you can donate your time at one near you. There are all kinds of ways that you can help out your local animal shelters. They take in all kinds of donations and anything that you can contribute will help the shelter to continue to care for the animals that live there. If you want to give back to animal shelters this holiday season, here are some things that you can do to help. Make sure to always call ahead and ask what they need so that you can do the most good by actually donating what they currently are lacking. Donate Food and Treats...