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Cal Fire warns Californians to be fire safe during holiday cooking

Cal Fire warns Californians to be fire safe during holiday cooking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun and festivities; but this time of year is also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.


With friends and family visiting, it’s important to not get distracted and to be aware of your cooking activities.

“The holidays bring inherent fire danger that can quickly lead to tragedy if you don’t take just a few easy steps to prevent a fire,” said Chief Tonya Hoover, California’s State Fire Marshal. “Just by keeping an ‘eye on what you fry’, you can reduce the chance of a cooking caused fire.”

To help reduce the chance of fire and injuries associated with cooking fires, CAL FIRE offers these following suggestions:

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Center for Nonprofit Excellence presents introduction to Grant Proposal Writing

Nonprofits have the ideas and ability to make their communities better. A strong grant proposal can help organizations receive much needed funding to implement their programs. To introduce the skills necessary to develop a successful grant proposal, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) will present the workshop, Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing. It takes place Friday, December 5, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the Marina Branch of the Monterey County Free Libraries, 190 Seaside Circle in Marina, CA. Informal networking will begin at 12:30 PM; participants may bring a bag lunch. The training will focus on the common elements of a grant proposal and how to package them to meet funders’ deadlines and priorities.

Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels

CASTROVILLE, Calif. Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteer drivers for deliveries in north Monterey County. The deliveries will be on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Veterans Day events around the Central Coast

Any other events we should know about? Send them to newstips@kionrightnow.com.

All events take place on Tuesday, Nov. 11 unless otherwise specified.

Salinas:  4th Annual Monterey County Veterans’ Day Parade, Oldtown. Starts near Salinas High School on Main Street at 2:00pm

Salinas: Ceremony at the  Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, off of East Laurel Drive, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Vietnam vets will he honored, along with returning vets from Iraq and  Afghanistan.

Monterey:  YMCA Veterans’ Day Camp, runs Nov. 10-11 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for grades K-8. Locations are at the Monterey YMCA as well as the Salinas YMCA. To register, call 758-3811

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Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

On Veteran’s Day, Tuesday November 11th, for the sixth year in a row, Applebee’s will offer veterans and active duty military a free entrée as a thank you for their service.

Participating Applebee's wants to thank every veteran and active duty military in the U.S. by offering a free meal on Veteran’s Day.
The restaurant chain will also give away life-improving items to military families via the Give Squad which will be extended to families of veterans and active duty military, providing needed items such as washers and dryers, medical equipment, etc. 

Participants can chose from a limited entrée menu:
7 oz. House Sirloin
Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
Double Crunch Shrimp
Three-Cheese Chicken & Sun Dried Tomato Penne
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Chicken Tenders Platter
Oriental Chicken Salad

Santa Cruz County 911 dispatchers will begin asking Ebola-related questions

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - Ebola precautions are getting more serious in Santa Cruz County, as public health officials take steps to protect the Central Coast. Next week 911 dispatchers will start asking callers if they've recently traveled to one of three "hot zones" currently dealing with an outbreak.

Santa Cruz Regional 911 said Monday it will start asking questions after units have been dispatched to figure out whether the person is at risk of having Ebola. That way, paramedics will be prepared before they show up to the emergency room.

"The paramedic will question the patient about travel history and whether or not the person is suffering from one of the symptoms of Ebola," said Celia Barry with the Santa Cruz County Emergency Services.

Highway patrol seeks witnesses to 183 accident

Highway patrol seeks witnesses to 183 accident

CASTROVILLE, Calif. - A major accident that left 6 with serious injuries continues to be investigated by the California Highway Patrol. Almost a month later, 3 persons remain in the hospital from this accident.

On October 12, at 2:45 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a call of a vehicle collision on SR-183 near Castroville. Upon arrival, they found a head-on collision with major injuries.

The victims in the hospital remain in the intensive care unit, including a 16 year old female from Watsonville.

The driver of one vehicle, 22 year old, Pedro Alonzo-Rodriguez of Salinas, was determined by officers at the scene to be under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest for felony DUI.

The CHP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating witnesses to this collision.