Designer offers insights on items to have during pandemic

Stuck inside and going nuts? We’re with you.

Winter is hard enough as it is, but with COVID-19 restrictions in the mix, it can be hard to come up with new ways to enjoy time cooped-up. Fortunately, interior designer Alice D’Andrea has some ideas for items for the home that will entertain as well as bring the whole family together.

EXTRA REFRIGERATOR FOR BEVERAGES. A freestanding refrigerator is a great

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The Day – Olde Mistick Village retailers learning to adapt during pandemic

Mystic — At R.A. Georgetti & Co., where they have been selling collectibles, fine gifts and jewelry since 1975, they had never made a sales pitch on a park bench outdoors.

But like so much else, the pandemic changed the way they do business.

When Connecticut’s governor forced retail venues to close their doors to indoor shoppers for two months last spring, Georgetti’s quickly beefed up its website for online

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How North Vegas is helping students reverse learning loss in pandemic

Michael A. McShane and Jason Bedrick, Opinion contributors
Published 6:01 a.m. ET Feb. 12, 2021


Across the country, students are struggling to focus and retain information with online learning, and many feel they are learning less than past years.


While many other cities around the country seemed paralyzed by the pandemic, North Las Vegas decided to do something to help families.

Millions of children across the country

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How Tampa Bay and the NFL pulled off Super Bowl LV amid a pandemic

TAMPA, Fla. — On the opening day of his 10th Super Bowl media day — the most of any NFL player ever — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady took his seat under the bright lights, looked up to see 33 hands raised and said, “I’ve gotta get a picture of this.”

But there was no reporter dressed as a bride proposing to him (that was Glendale, Arizona in Super

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Recreation Department had to adapt to pandemic | Local News

The recreation division of the Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department has for almost a year now been working through the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain activities and education programs geared toward serving the residents of the community.

“The Community Services department had to cancel many events in 2020 due to the pandemic, such as Irish Fountain Fest, Music Fest, Back to School Bash, Fourth at the Fountain, Elfie’s Playground

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Here’s how national park reservations have changed since the pandemic

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National parks have been a respite for United States travelers this year. As dozens of international borders remain closed and as cases continue to skyrocket, road trips and outdoor destinations have been the name of the game.


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Appointments required as Saginaw County offices reopen to public during coronavirus pandemic

SAGINAW, MI – Saginaw County’s administrative offices re-opened to the public in a limited capacity as of Monday, Feb. 1 on an appointment-only basis.

The county released a statement stating that it believes it can return to in-person transactions by appointment only while maintaining a safe environment for its residents and employees. Saginaw County Health Department Health Officer Christina Harrington reported a decline in daily COVID-19 positive cases and increased

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For some Skagit manufacturers, business has boomed during the pandemic | Local News

People have been buying more kayaks, luxury cruising boats, whimsical stickers, and salsa during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to four Skagit County manufacturers who make these products.

For Eddyline Kayaks, a kayak maker north of Burlington, the surge in demand started late last spring as many flocked outdoors, said Scott Holley, Eddyline Kayaks president.

The company is producing a record number of kayaks each week, but is still unable to

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Even during pandemic, rec centers can be more accessible | Editorials

Patrons of the Genoveva Chavez Community Center and other city recreational facilities have questions about operations that deserve answers.

They believe too few people are being allowed in the one open facility — the Chavez Center — and that Fort Marcy Recreation Complex and Salvador Perez Recreation Center could and should be reopened for swimming. They are upset the ice rink at the Chavez Center remains shut down. They claim

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events go virtual this year due to the pandemic

Due to COVID -19, this year’s celebration looks a little different, as several community events were hosted online.

MINNEAPOLIS — A day to remember and a day to reflect.

Today’s holiday, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy, is known as  “a day on, not a day off.” A day of service for all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s celebration looks

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Cleveland Orchestra clings to music education goals through pandemic

CLEVELAND, Ohio – When it comes to music education, there’s no such thing as a year off. Not in Cleveland.

Convinced that the need for music now is greater than ever, the Cleveland Orchestra is finding new ways to comply with pandemic restrictions and meet Cleveland’s children safely where they are, at home.

“The things that we’re committed to, those things haven’t changed,” said Joan Katz Napoli, the orchestra’s senior

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Most Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After The Pandemic

The long-predicted pandemic-fueled dark days of winter are upon us, and as COVID-19 cases spike around the country and the death toll continues to rise, the economic situation gets worse and worse. Some 140,000 nonfarm payroll jobs were lost in December, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its early January Employment Situation Summary.

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The loss was much higher in

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UF students turn to ‘comfort TV’ amid pandemic

When the world turns to chaos, the people turn to television. 

The pandemic was enough to make stress a familiar feeling to 21-year-old UF biology junior Toshita Barve. While she said the early months of lockdown had her mostly bored and restless, the added academic pressure of online classes led her to feel overwhelmed toward the start of the Fall semester. 

Barve said she discovered one of her favorite shows,

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Rise of the rookie hikers: The pandemic pushed a new wave of people outside, for better or worse

For example, there are people who hit the trail wearing flip-flops, with no backpack or water, he said, or cars that show up to busy trailheads at 11 a.m. on a weekend, hoping to find a place to park. While there are always people making those rookie mistakes, there were far more on Mount Hood this past summer.

“Definitely a big portion of those people were first-time hikers,” Watts said.

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After a pandemic car crash, I want to drive a lot less

Before I get into this column about how the coronavirus pandemic and a car crash combined to push me to try shedding my personal vehicle dependence, I want to remind you that I, like you, am also in the future enjoying the infinite wisdom of hindsight.

A few weeks ago, my friend and housemate asked an innocuous question: “What are you doing tonight?”

My answer, which might as well be

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Latinos alter traditional posadas as coronavirus pandemic upends Christmas traditions

For years, Alina Hernandez took part in the traditional posadas at Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish, which included church members walking through Little Village in a recreation of the biblical journey taken by Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem before Jesus was born.

The festive celebrations held on the days leading up until Christmas also often included food, colorful piñatas and religious music and children dressed as angels. But this holiday,

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Outdoor recreation an outlet for Summit County seniors amid pandemic

Frisco local Sharon Crawford competes in February at the Summit County Senior Winter Games at the Frisco Nordic Center. The 2021 Senior Winter Games have been partially canceled.
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After Summit Seniors board member Joan Tilden joined the master’s Nordic skiing group on its first day of the season earlier this month, there was one thing she said she’d like to stress to Summit Daily News readers:

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A pandemic winter foretells a backcountry skiing boom, but it’s not a sport to take lightly

It was March 2020 and Jim Montecucco was desperate to ski.

Seattle-area resorts had closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the 58-year-old Kirkland resident hauled out a backcountry ski setup he had purchased in 2018 but never used. He called up fellow Kirkland resident Richie Tagliano, a snowboarder, and the duo headed to Snoqualmie Pass determined to make their way up a slope and slide down it — even

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The Latest: Israel Sees Spike in Poverty During Pandemic | Business News

JERUSALEM — The number of Israeli households living under the poverty line has grown by nearly 50% during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an anti-poverty organization’s report published Wednesday.

Israel has seen unemployment surge to over 20% since the country first imposed a nationwide lockdown at the start of the outbreak in March. The country’s vital tourism industry has shrunk to virtually nil and thousands of businesses have closed. To

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