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Sunday, September 22, 2019


Frank Abagnale is AARP’s fraud watch network ambassador. For the past 40 years he’s been a good guy fighting rip-offs.  But many of us remember the movie “Catch Me If You Can” where actor Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed Frank Abagnale as a legendary con artist.

Frank as a teen boldly duped the world as an airline pilot and a doctor until he was caught and eventually sent to prison.

The FBI soon hired Frank as a consultant to teach agents how to better spot fraud and scams.  Recently he penned new book “Scam Me If You Can” and on the cover he adds “Not a Chance!”

Published by Random House, the new watch dog book focuses on three major scams and how to defeat them:
         --Imposter Fraud;
         --Dating Danger; and
         --Identity Theft.

The book is available wherever books are sold.

Get notified about the latest scams and receive tips on how to protect yourself at  Tips below are from Frank's new book:

Saturday, September 21, 2019


Glug, the London-based creative network has created a free digital database of protest posters urging action on climate change.
Dezeen Magazine’s daily blog posted a timely on line feature penned by Natashah Hitti about, Glug, a creative networking organizer that has launched its #ProtestByDesign campaign that focuses on creating the planet’s largest database of protest posters demanding climate change. Click here.  

Sixteen-year-old climate activist from Sweden, Greta Thunberg (middle) walks with protesters during this week's Global Climate Strike March in New York City.  Millions of young persons from in other countries and cities worldwide joined the largest ever youth protest march. 
Photo: Tim Clary AFP/Getty Images

Glug, founded in London is a story unto itself, tasked a group of creatives from the design and advertising industry to submit their posters to a large digital archive, which currently has 150 images but they hope will dramatically increase.

The new Glug generated database is being offered free to all, who share the vision that the Earth must be saved.  Click here.

The courageous young people of UKSCN (UK Student Climate Network) & Fridays For Future are asking us, adults, to join them to get everyone standing up for our climate until our leaders take action.  The goal is to get millions of people on the street protesting for climate change initiatives. Glug says, “...we need to spread the word and we’re making an open call out to our creative community to help! To find out more about the cause visit

For more images of collected posters to date: Click here. 

Friday, September 20, 2019


Venerable Catfish Charlie's Brew Pub sits on Hamm Island in the middle of the Mississippi River between Wisconsin and Iowa.  Plenty of craft beer, catfish and river views to go around.
GUEST BLOG / By Kevin Revolinski, Writer, you leave Wisconsin, the beer-focused route is going to hop back and forth between these two states. Past Potosi, breweries along the Great River Road continue on U.S. 61 and it crosses to Iowa at Dubuque, home of the National Mississippi River Museum. Halfway across the river is Hamm Island where you can stop in at Catfish Charlie’s Brew Pub for Catfish Creek beers off their two-barrel system. The restaurant is known for its southern-style seafood. The river is right outside.

Among Dubuque's top three breweries
7 Hills Brewery is located in an old warehouse in the historic mill district. Beers range from pilsner and session pale ales to something a bit less common such as sours and a smoked stout. The food menu includes burgers, pizzas and other pub fares. Throw Dimensional Brewing and the highly regarded Jubeck New World Brewing in there, and Dubuque becomes a great stop for the night.

Located inland a few miles from the Great River in Illinois, this hard working town was where Civil War hero and President Uly S. Grant was born.  In Galena, it's "Uly" among his friends.  Galena Brewing Company doesn't disappoint.
At this point along the Great River Road, you need to choose a side of the river. That is unless you decide to backtrack and hit everything all the way down to the Gulf. Here, you can cross into Illinois, and Galena is the first beer town and is a tourist attraction in itself; the city has an impressive collection of preserved 19th-century buildings amid picturesque rolling hills. From Dubuque take U.S. 20 into Illinois and its 14 miles to Galena Brewing Co. You could cut back to the Iowa side at the Quad Cities.

Back on the Iowa side of the Mississippi you can sip excellent craft beer and wave to the Illini across the way.
Continuing south, find Bellevue with the family-run nanobrewery, River Ridge Brewing then Le Claire, home of Green Tree Brewery and the Mississippi Valley Welcome Center.

Davenport and Bettendorf in southeastern Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline make up the Quad Cities. Yes, we realize that is actually five. Davenport features Front Street Brewery. It was founded in 1992 and now occupies two locations four blocks apart on Front Street: the brewery and taproom and the brewpub with a full food menu. They tap weekly firkins. 

On the Illinois side, Bent River Brewing has brewpub locations in both Rock Island and Moline. Continuing south on the Great River Road on the Iowa side, it’s a 40-minute drive to Muscatine and Contrary Brewing where you can find 20 small-batch beers on tap, with the menu constantly changing. Drive another hour to Burlington for Parkside Brewing and yet another Bent River location if you missed the other two.

Fort Madison is another 20 minutes south, with Lost Duck Brewery, housed in a couple 1864 brick buildings right on the river. Last call in Iowa is another half-hour south in Keokuk at V’s Restaurant and Brewpub. The beer list balances between lighter, easy-drinking brews and bolder styles. Try the spicy fried pickles as an appetizer. From Keokuk cross the Des Moines River and enter Missouri south of town.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019


South Park has become a hotbed of tasty restaurants and boutiques
Taking advantage of San Diego’s pleasant late summer weather, locals get to enjoy dozens of street fair activities well into Thanksgiving.

One of those events is the Taste of South Park, which is set for this Saturday, Sept. 21set in the heart of one of San Diego’s best historic neighborhoods.  This year the restaurant and shop hop takes place from Noon to 4 pm.

Tickets may be purchased online at:

With purchase of a Tasting Passport, guests can snack and sip their way along the 30th St. and Fern St. corridor, sampling from all participating South Park eateries. Guests will also get a taste of the diverse boutiques and shops lining the streets of South Park between bites.

This is an all-ages, ticketed event, limited to 400 people. Tickets can be purchased online prior to the event for $35. Tickets purchased the day of at the ToSP info booth are $40. We have sold out in years past, purchasing tickets in advance is strongly suggested.

Both advance and day-of tickets can be picked up on September 21 from the info booth at the Grape Street Square, at the intersection of Grape and Fern Streets (next to the streetside clock). Guests will receive a walking map of South Park and a Tasting Passport good for one taste at all participating locations. The Tasting Passport will also include discounts at local boutiques and other businesses.

Curryosity on Juniper has captured a large following
Participating restaurants include:

Buona Forchetta
Cafe Madeleine
Captain Kirks Coffee
Communal Coffee
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
Del Sur Mexican Cantina
Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro
Enoteca Buona Forchetta
Grant's Marketplace
Hamilton's Tavern
La Taqueria Vegiee
Mariscos Nine Seas
Mazara Trattoria
Mutual Friend Ice Cream
Seven Seas Roasting Co.
Shawarma Guys
Sombrero Mexican Food
Station Tavern
The Big Kitchen Cafe
The Rose Wine Bar

Restaurant Week begins in San Diego this Sunday.