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Wildfire Season is Here!

Wildfire Season is Here!

Community Wildfire Preparation is Everyone’s Responsibility By Ryan Peters, Fire Captain, Aptos-La Selva Fire District Welcome to spring 2019! For many, winter couldn’t have gone away sooner. We had a fairly productive rainy season with plentiful snow falling in the Sierra. The late rains we’ve had this spring, coupled with some stretches of nice weather […]

“Give Your Gifts, Even Imperfectly”

“Give Your Gifts, Even Imperfectly”

By Joyce and Barry Vissell I’m officially coming out of the closet! Here goes. I, Barry Vissell, besides being a counselor, author, doctor, and workshop leader, am also a musician! So what makes me hesitate to announce this beautiful, musical part of me? It’s quite simple: I don’t feel good enough. Even though many people love my […]

How We Deal With Trauma

How We Deal With Trauma

By Anna Maletta Human beings, though sitting on top of the planet’s food chain, are actually quite vulnerable and fragile when exposed to outside forces that can cause a traumatic incident to spiral us out of control. Some among us, such as firefighters, emergency responders and doctors, go through extensive training to learn how to […]

Navigating the Information Age

Navigating the Information Age

By Lawrence A. Tartaglino We are fortunate to live in this age of information and mass communication, as we are now given instant access to an abundance of ideas, knowledge, and concepts. At our fingertips is the ability to receive answers to almost any of life’s questions. We can witness live audio and video from […]

Preventative Medicine: Vaccine

Preventative Medicine: Vaccine

Ron Conte, Pharm.D. What a boon to the good health of society to have vaccines available to prevent the deleterious and, at times, fatal outcomes of infections. Vaccinating children prevents approximately 2.5 million deaths per year. According to The World Health Organization (WHO) there are a total of twenty-six serious illnesses for which vaccines have […]

Addressing Fireworks in our Neighborhoods and Beaches

Addressing Fireworks in our Neighborhoods and Beaches

By Zach Friend With Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer the number of complaints for fireworks begins to increase. Over the last few years our office, the Sheriff’s Office and State Parks, have received numerous complaints about fireworks — from concerns about the noise to fire and environmental concerns. The issue was raised […]

Drug Information: How to find it

Drug Information: How to find it

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. Drug information can be found just about anywhere. Up to date data can be extracted from the internet—PubMed, Medscape, and others; from your pharmacist; your physician or other healthcare providers; your health insurance hot line and related publications; as well as from magazines and journals; and your local poison control center. […]

Citrus On The Sucker List

Citrus On The Sucker List

By Tony Tomeo A five-pound kumquat is a problem! It means something went seriously wrong. Anyone who grew one would concur. They are huge, lumpy, and very insipid, with ridiculously thick pale yellow rind around a small handful of uselessly fibrous pulp. They are protected by dangerously sharp and rigid thorns that can get longer […]

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