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Dear Jon: Every pharmacy is not created equal

Dear Jon: Every pharmacy is not created equal

Being “taken” at the pharmacy is happening more and more. I’m talking about price gouging and literal “rip off” schemes. Liz wrote to me and asks, “Dear Jon, I think I'm paying too much at the pharmacy. How can I tell?”

From the question it sounds like Liz knows what she should be paying, but questions what she’s being charged. This issue has become more and more common.

After doing research on this question, what I’ve found is pricing varies widely from pharmacy to pharmacy. Differences in independent pharmacies are wide spread and the same goes for the big box retailers. So you have to be a savvy shopper at the pharmacy too. There things you can do to protect yourself and your wallet at the pharmacy.

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Dear Jon: Wet roads make for treacherous driving conditions

Dear Jon: Wet roads make for treacherous driving conditions

With the storms pummeling the Central Coast, it’s no surprise warnings are going out to slow down. Not to mention, I get questions about road safety during these times. Mike emailed me and asked, “Dear Jon, when it rains, why do all the crazies come out on the roads?” We can all relate to that.

The Western Stage's 40th Anniversary: Choreographer Tribute

Date: Saturday March 1st, at 7:30pm Location:The Western StageHartnell College411 Central Ave Salinas, CA 93901 The Western Stage starts it's 40th anniversary with its first event to celebrate its amazing musical theatre history by honoring ten of its wonderful choreographers. Six of the ten honorees will attend from all over California including Susan Cable, Kristin Kusanovich,

Rep. Farr Honored as Distinguished Travel Champion

Rep. Farr Honored as Distinguished Travel Champion

WASHINGTON D.C. - Travel Association has bestowed the first annual Distinguished Travel Champion Award on U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.).

Rep. Farr, who joined Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) in receiving the honor, was recognized for his leadership in advocating and enacting policies that strengthen travel to and across California and the country.

"Congressman Farr clearly sees the benefits of travel, and has a proven track record of advancing America's travel economy by supporting policies that help make travel a major job creator and key driver of economic growth both in California and nationwide," said U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow. 

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Salinas High Performing Arts Fundraiser

Salinas High Presents 7th Annual Motown Revue –One night only!
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Salinas High Performing Arts Center

Salinas, CA, February 26, 2014: The stage band and choir students at Salinas High School are gearing up for the 7th Annual Motown Revue. The one-night-only high-energy performance will feature music from The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Funk Brothers, and more. Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Students and Seniors.

To make it a complete evening, there will also be a Spaghetti Dinner available before the show. Dinner tickets: $10

Proceeds from the Revue and dinner benefit the music programs at SHS.

Tickets on sale now. Seating is limited!

Clubhouse Marks 20th Year Helping Local Kids

On February 12th, the Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County celebrated the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Seaside Clubhouse. The community was given a tour and a ribbon cutting was marked by a special visit from Seaside Mayor Ralph Rubio. Club members enjoyed balloons and cupcakes and filled a time capsule to be opened in 2034.

Since opening in 1994, the Seaside Clubhouse has served an estimated 25,000 members. Its success was the catalyst for opening the Salinas Clubhouse in 2003.

BGCMC’s CEO and President Donna Ferraro said in a statement the clubhouse is a reflection of how the community wanted their children to have a special place that offers support, guidance, and opportunities for great futures.

Dear Jon: Miranda rights aren’t always required if arrest is made

Dear Jon: Miranda rights aren’t always required if arrest is made

First off, I’m not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. But Scott sent me a note asking, “Dear Jon, when arrested and taken into custody, is it required that you be read your Miranda rights?” I sought comments on this question from three Central Coast police chiefs and one deputy district attorney. The following is what they shared with me.