Frank Rog Named New Executive Chef at Kirkland's Woodmark Hotel

Executive-Chef-Frank-RogKirkland’s Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa, A Destination Hotel, recently announced the addition of Chef Frank Rog to the hotel’s leadership team. Chef Rog joins the Woodmark Hotel as the Executive Chef, and will oversee all culinary operations including Beach Cafe, bin on the lake, and the Woodmark Hotel’s corporate and social catering services.
Chef Rog has over fifteen years’ experience in culinary artistry. Continue reading “Frank Rog Named New Executive Chef at Kirkland's Woodmark Hotel”

Renton Expands Celebration of Geekdom

Renton Retro Game and Toy Expo a RenCon Fundraiser – April 9th

In 2016, Renton embraced the geek culture like never before. It all started with a few Downtown clean ups, escorted by Star Wars Storm Troopers. Then came the rumor of a RENCON (Renton City Comic Convention) revealed during the Renton River Days parade. Suddenly Storm Troopers, Super Heroes, and geek fandom from across the region were paying attention to Renton. Then in October, Renton’s inaugural comic book convention (RenCon) at the Red Lion Inn. Over three days Continue reading “Renton Expands Celebration of Geekdom”

Knott’s Berry Farm Archives to be Auctioned Friday

Knott's Berry Farm Covered WagonRare signs, props, artwork celebrating 75 years of Ghost Town attraction to be auctioned Friday, March 31, in Buena Park, California, by Heritage Auctions

From the early years of the world-famous Ghost Town attraction, the iconic Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park is opening its archives for a special public auction to be held March 31 by Heritage Auctions. This is the first time since the popular theme park opened in 1940 that it has offered its historic items in a public auction to thank it’s global legion of fans, said Jim Lentz, Heritage Auctions’ Director of Animation.

“This auction showcases the history of Knott’s Berry Farm with rare items from Ghost Town, the famous Chicken Restaurant, Knott’s Scary Farm, and even the fan favorite, Knott’s Bear-y Tales Ride,” Lentz said. “From the park’s humble beginnings as Walter Knott’s berry stand to the theme park that now attracts more than 3 million people per year. This special event celebrates the 75th anniversary of the famous Ghost Town.”

All of the items come directly from the park, which Walter Knott started in the 1940s after he and his family started selling to the public harvested berries from a small roadside stand located 22 miles south of Los Angeles on California State Highway 39. Continue reading “Knott’s Berry Farm Archives to be Auctioned Friday”

Top Honors for San Diego’s Puro Sound Labs Headphones: Made For Mums Gold and New York Times Safest/Best Headphones for Kids

Made for Mums Awards 2017Puro Sound Labs BT2200 headphones received Made For Mums Gold award in this year’s annual product testing awards in the United Kingdom. The results were recently announced following thorough testing by the Made For Mums team, experts, celebrity judges and home testers.

Made for Mums is a parenting web site facilitated by a small group of journalists who are mostly mothers, who want to create a top online home for parents and caregivers. The team of experts tests hundreds of products each year to create the UK’s biggest and most comprehensive parenting product reviews section. Continue reading “Top Honors for San Diego’s Puro Sound Labs Headphones: Made For Mums Gold and New York Times Safest/Best Headphones for Kids”

San Diego Based International Bipolar Foundation Fights Stigma with Shared Stories

International Bipolar Foundation logoThousands of people with bipolar disorder will share their personal success stories through social media in honor of the 4th Annual World Bipolar Day on Thursday, March 30. The educational campaign is a project of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) as part of their ongoing efforts to bring awareness to bipolar conditions and to eliminate the social stigma associated with them. IBPF is encouraging the 51 million people worldwide living with bipolar conditions, as well as their friends, caregivers, and supporters to post stories, photos and videos that demonstrate that people touched with bipolar can enjoy happiness and success. Continue reading “San Diego Based International Bipolar Foundation Fights Stigma with Shared Stories”

Joe Connector is Back!

Joe Connector Kennedy Grateful Dad 072916A couple of years ago I had a serious issue with my websites being hacked.  I was traveling A LOT for work and just did not have the bandwidth to take the proper actions.  I got frustrated, moved all of my sites to Google’s Blogger and quit my hosting package at Host Gator.

Slowly over the last couple of years I have moved some of my sites back Continue reading “Joe Connector is Back!”

San Diego’s Puro Sound Labs named Safest/Best Headphones for Kids

Puro Sound Labs BT2200BT 2200 model named best of 50 kid-friendly headphones tested

San Diego-based Puro Sound Labs BT 2200 headphones were named the safest and best headphones for kids through independent testing completed by The Wirecutter, a product recommendation site owned by the New York Times. More than 50 types of headphones were tested in the study.

The BT 2200 model has volume-limiting capabilities that limit the volume to 85 decibels. This is the maximum safe listening level as recommended by the Hearing Health Foundation, OSHA, World Health Organization and American Speech Pathology Association. Continue reading “San Diego’s Puro Sound Labs named Safest/Best Headphones for Kids”

Bulletproof Laptop Bag Doubles as a Potentially Life-Saving Shield

MTS-Multi Threat Shield DeployedMTS – Multi Threat Shield protects from various guns, knives; other weapon attacks

Most laptop bags are not much more than a pocket with a strap attached for people to tote more gear around than they can carry in their hands. Not any more. The new MTS – Multi Threat Shield (MTS) bag looks like an average black laptop bag, but not only can it carry gear it can also save lives. Built into the MTS is a lightweight and discreet ballistic shield. Whether the threat is an intruder or an active shooter, a quick flick of the wrist swiftly deploys a 3-foot long blanket of protection to defeat multiple impacts from most handgun, shotgun and pistol caliber sub­machine gun threats.  Continue reading “Bulletproof Laptop Bag Doubles as a Potentially Life-Saving Shield”


Move will eliminate 80,000 single-use plastic water bottles each year from the environment

March 22nd, 2017 Victoria, B. C. – In recognition of World Water Day, The Butchart Gardens has removed the sale of all single-use plastic water bottles as an extension of their existing environmental practices. Instead, The Gardens is encouraging visitors to bring their own water bottles to fill at one of four double-filtered water stations located around The Gardens. Each water station boasts a drinking fountain, bottle filler and a doggy water dish.
“With this initiative we aim to drive awareness of the serious threat plastic poses to our environment, in particular single-use plastic water bottles,” Continue reading “THE BUTCHART GARDENS ‘BANS THE BOTTLE’”

Alexa Voice Shopping Now Includes Prime Now Delivery Option

Amazon AlexaToday, Amazon launched its fastest and easiest way to shop: Alexa voice shopping through Prime Now. Tens of thousands of daily essentials are available for free two-hour delivery by simply asking Alexa to order from Prime Now. Alexa can order multiple items at once, make recommendations and will automatically choose the next available 2-hour delivery window. Whether customers are in the middle of a game night with friends and family, have their hands full with a baby or are too sick to get out of bed, Alexa makes it easy to get what they need right away through Prime Now without taking out a phone or logging into a computer. Just say, “Alexa, order tortilla chips from Prime Now” and pair with salsa and a videogame or ask “Alexa, order Nyquil from Prime Now” and add tissues and chicken noodle soup. The customer skips a trip to the store and the items arrive within the next available two-hour delivery window. Additionally, starting today, customers in select cities can use Alexa to voice order cold beer, wine and spirits from Prime Now with free two-hour delivery. To learn more, visit Continue reading “Alexa Voice Shopping Now Includes Prime Now Delivery Option”