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- 11/26/14--12:47: Local group preps over 60,000 turkey dinner meals
- 11/26/14--13:00: Volunteers gather to send dogs to new homes in New York.
- 11/26/14--13:28: Delano officials investigating 'suspicious' death of woman
- 11/26/14--15:19: Finding the best buys on Cyber Monday
- 11/26/14--17:33: Think of small business for Saturday
- 11/27/14--08:57: Rosamond woman arrested for murder
- 11/27/14--09:54: Volunteers set out to deliver over 60,000 meals today
- 11/27/14--16:30: Fire at trash sorting facility in Tehachapi
- 11/28/14--08:38: How to get the best deals on Black Friday
- 11/28/14--08:58: Two pedestrians struck on Thanksgiving, one killed
- 11/28/14--09:34: Taft family welcomes home quadruplet newborns
- 11/28/14--11:32: Love for Thanksgiving wraps up day of giving
- 11/28/14--13:08: Rosamond woman accused of killing a man speaks out
- 11/28/14--13:13: Holiday Lights at CALM
- 11/29/14--17:58: Rosamond man killed now identified
- 11/29/14--18:08: Man struck and killed on Thanksgiving identified.
- 11/29/14--18:20: Meadows Field set to offer more flight destinations
- 11/29/14--18:32: Arvin Christmas parade rescheduled
- 11/30/14--18:30: Information on city road closures
- 12/01/14--07:47: Local moms juggle work and family time
Just before 1 p.m., Tuesday a woman was transported by ambulance from the 1900 block of Campus Drive to the Delano Regional Medical Center for labored breathing.
However, once she arrived she was pronounced dead.
Her death is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division as suspicious. The coroner's office has identified the woman as 79-year-old Aurora Alfaro of Delano. Police say the investigation is continuing.
Here are some tips on how to find the best deals online and safeguard your personal information from the Grinch.
Every year, people shop until they drop. But others have too little patience or time to shop Black Friday. And that's ok, because there are plenty of deals on Cyber Monday and in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
But before you begin shopping online, consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch suggests you clear the cookies or search history from your browser.
"Cookies on your computer send data information about your online history, what stores you've been to, what products you've been browsing and perhaps even how much you've paid for certain products in the past. And, online stores are using analytical tools to target consumers with discriminatory pricing, meaning they are trying to maximize their profits by offering one shopper maybe a cheaper price because they typically only spend "x" amount on a certain product. And, perhaps targeting someone who lives in a more well to do area with a higher price," explained Woroch.
When you're ready to shop, Woroch says use a website like pricegrabber.com to search for a specific product and compare prices instantly.
You can also go to couponsherpa.com to get coupon codes from some retailers for additional savings.
And, take advantage of sites that offer free shipping.
"Sears and Kmart are offering a free 90 day trial of their 'Shop Your Way Max' program, which you get free two-day shipping. Amazon Prime, of course, you can sign up for the 30 day trial of that service. Otherwise, stores offer free site-to-store pickup options," said Woroch.
When it comes to paying for your purchases online, Woroch says use a credit card instead of debit because it offers more protection.
And, don't just log onto any computer.
"Try not to enter your PIN number online," said Woroch. "And, also shop on a secure network. Don't shop at a coffee shop on a public network or at the airport because that's when hackers can get into your computer and steal all your personal data."
Turning a joyous season of giving into taking if you're not careful when you shop.
Here is a list of helpful websites:
www.giftcardgranny.com (you can buy gift cards to many retailers at a discount)
More tips from Andrea Woroch:
Sign up for alerts so you know when an item goes on sale
Take advantage of free shipping from many retailers on December 18
If you're traveling for the holiday, Kmart offers free "Anyone, Anywhere" pickup. You can buy an item locally and have it shipped to a store in another state for pickup.
It's when shoppers are encouraged to share part of their holiday budget with mom and pop owned stores.
This year, the Bakersfield Downtown Business Association is adding new enticements, champagne and lunch, to get people ready to shop small.
Holiday music and a greeting are the first things you'll hear at the Merry Go Round Antique Mall.
"It's different than going to the big mall. You can find things that you can't find," said Bruce Cooper, Co-owner of the antique mall.
From nicks and knacks to cars and bikes, the small business hopes to attract those on a holiday hunt for the perfect gift this giving season, like shopper Rita Loken.
"They bring more memories and I think they have more value, sentimental value,' said Loken about shopping at the small shop.
The Merry Go Round is one of 26 businesses kicking off Small Business Saturday with the Downtown Business Association, offering lunch and champagne at the Padre before hitting the small stores.
"I mean it's like being a home a hometown and that's the feel we want every body to have because you don't get that in the bigger businesses and everything," said Melanie Farmer, with the DBA.
The National Federation of Independent Business anticipates spending will increase in small shops from $5.7-billion last year to $5.9-billion this year.
"If I don't have people coming through those doors, I don't survive," said Kat Wyatt, owner of Bleu Lavender.
Wyatt says while big box bargains pull customers away, her overhead expenses aren't going anywhere.
"If they shop small in here, that is how I pay my PG&E bill. That is how I pay my Internet bill. That is how I buy more inventory. That is how small businesses across the board survive," said Wyatt.
And the small businesses could possibly thrive because it is the time of year when shoppers can remember, the best things sometimes come in the smallest of packages.
"Everybody wants a little pat on the back and to feel appreciated, so to come in when all of the Black Friday and sales are still going on, for them to still make it in here that actually means a lot to me because they could be spending their time somewhere else," said Wyatt.
The downtown champagne and shop event is this Saturday, November 29, at 11:30 AM at The Padre.
Lunch and champagne is $15 followed by shopping.You may also purchase a passport to have stamped by local stores and enter in a drawing to win prizes.
Kern County Fire crews received several calls for the fire in the 400 block of Dennison Road around 2:30 in the afternoon. They reported tires and debris on fire inside of a 15,000 square foot structure.
Fire crews deployed hose lines and established a water supply, bringing the fire under control within 10 minutes. The fire resulted in approximately $1,000 in damage to a conveyor belt. The structure sustained minor heat damage to overhead skylights.
Kern County fire credits the quick arrival of extra fire personnel and apparatus to help save the structure.
Although the cause of this fire is unknown, as we lead into the winter season, the Kern County Fire Department reminds residents to be sure that coals from the fireplace are completely cold before disposing.
She is accused of first degree murder.
You can also purchase tickets online HERE.
Wife and mom Jennifer Resolme said the key to striking that balance is taking advantage of each minute with her children.
"We still spend a lot of time together and it's about the quality I think, not the quantity of time," said Resolme.
Her time is split between teaching drama to her students at Ridgeview High and her girls at home.
"It's good to be a good role model for my girls," said Resolme. "To get an education and have a career and find that balance between having your family life and your career life."
Jennifer's work life balance is thanks to the village she says helps raise her girls.
"My mom helps out a lot and my husband is very involved," said Resolme." He doesn't do hair, I do all the girls hair. But other than that he's very involved."
A support system is crucial for the 70% of moms with kids under age 18 who are working or looking for work, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Shelley Roberts ends her day in medical billing and starts her other jobs as a chef and homework helper. She's a single mom of four kids. Her husband passed away when her girls were young and years later she had twins while in another relationship that ended this year.
"Financially its hard," said Roberts. "Financially its hard because the girls and you know having 20 hands to do everything at once."
Being the sole provider is stressful but she reminds herself of one simple thing.
"I'm all they have. So they're going to feed off of me. So if I come home angry or frustrated or if I'm stressed out about money or life or whatever it is they're gonna feed on that," said Roberts. "That's not fair, I can't allow them to be like that."
Her eldest girls see how hard she works and often help with cleaning or whatever their mom needs.
"She does so much for us we want to do something back," said Kaelee Roberts.
To help moms maintain that work life balance, the author of "Working Mom 411: How to Manage Kids, Career and Home," has these tips:
1. Have places and times for key items and tasks. If you're constantly tripping over shoes or running late in the mornings because your kids can't find their backpacks, find some easy storage options like baskets and low-cost storage bins. Also, establish a regular day for tackling tasks. Designating laundry day on Sunday mornings will add time during the work week.
2. Smooth out the bumps in your mornings. Do as much as you can the night before. Set out clothes for the next day - both for you and your children - and pack lunches. Try and wake up about an hour before your kids to drink coffee and plan the day.
3. Feed kids on your terms. Use a crock-pot to cook meals while you're away, come up with a weekly menu and breakfast for dinner is ok if it's easier to make. Remember easy and dishes like quesadillas and grilled cheese, along with vegetables. Also, having your kids help cook dinner will be educational and fun.
4. Juggle kids' after-school activities. Don't feel guilty if you can't attend every after-school activity. Attend all the events you can without making your day more stressful. If you want to help at your child's school but don't have the time, ask a teacher how you can help during your off hours and any assistance you can provide that doesn't require being present while you're at work.
5. Make sure you're not slipping at work. Make sure your busy life as a mom isn't affecting your professional life. Try to take a personal day every few months, use break-time and lunch-time to make doctor's appointments for your kids or whatever else you may need to do. Also find another working mom at work who you can confide in and share tips with.
6. Devise a system for tackling housework. Make sure your kids are helping clean if they can and hire a maid for help if you can afford it. But also let go of the need to have your home as spotless as it may have been before you had children.
7. Carve out time for romance. Set a date night and make it just as much of a priority as your kids' play dates. You can also take a personal day or vacation day a couple times a year where the two of you stay home together while the kids head off to school.
8. Maintain A Social Life. In addition to being a mom, you're also a sister or friend or co-worker. Make sure to take time to spend with loved ones and close friends when you can. Arrange play dates with girlfriends so you and your children can have fun at the same time.
9. Remember What Matters Most. If you're feeling overwhelmed and your child needs something, take the time to breathe and start listening. Whatever else you need to do can wait.