Monthly Archives: March 2011
Mar 30 2011
BuyWithMe offers $50 Credit for American Apparel for $25 @buywithme offers $50 Credit for American Apparel for $25.
Note, limit 1 voucher per person. You may buy an additional as a gift (2 total). Promotional value expires 05/29/2011.

Mar 30 2011
SpiderTech Tape for runners & cyclist @spidertech

Spider Tech for runners & cyclist
Athletic tape, modern for reducing pain,

for about $5 for those recovering from injury.
100% recover, precut for various applications
calf and shin splins
many providers in the area

Learn more at

Mar 29 2011
This Saturday Swirl Tasting 20 + Wines for $15/pp at Bellavino Wine Bar & Restaurant April 2, 2011

Saturday April 2nd SWIRL 1- 4 PM

Come Try 20+ Wines for $15/pp
Saturday April 2nd 1 – 4PM

SWIRL Come Taste 20+ Wines for $15/pp

Just added Juslyn Vineyard & Paige 23 wines to SWIRL This will be a great lineup of wines to taste Saturday from 1-4PM

And receive 15% OFF ALL WINES.

Here are some of the Wineries:.

Costa Del Oro
Hearst Ranch
Jade Mountain
Montage Vineyards
Edward Sellars
Cavas de Crianza
Shell Stone
Juslyn Vineyard
Paige 23

And Many More…

If you would like to stay after the tasting and enjoy dinner, tasting participants will receive 25% Discount on Food from 5pm until 7pm, as well as enjoy no corkage on wines purchased during SWIRL. Reservations are recommended for dinner


15% off ALL WINES
If you were waiting for the perfect time to buy the Best wines
Now is the time…

Bellavino Wine Bar & Restaurant
Phone: 805-557-0202
Fax: 805-557-0303
3707 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Westlake Village, CA 91362

Bellavino Wine Bar & Restaurant
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Mar 29 2011
HuffPost / AOL Strike Exposes the Bigger Media Picture

Bill Lasarow, Publisher and Editor
ArtScene / Visual Art Source
(213) 482-4724 /

AOL / Huffington Post Strike Exposes Bigger Picture of Media Crisis

Since The Newspaper Guild, representing 26,000 writers and journalists across the country, officially entered into the AOL / Huffington Post strike action on March 17th there have been significant new developments. Guild President Bernie Lunzer has called on Huffington to meet with Guild representatives.

Last week it was reported, on the heels of the Guild’s declaration, that the presidents of the AFL-CIO and the United Steelworkers had been drawn into the fray, but were yet to declare a public position that would reconcile the fact that they have for some time placed written statements on the Huffington Post with the Guild’s position. The AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka last posted there on March 4th; the United Steelworker’s Leo Gerard on March 11th. Gerard has since made public that he will honor the “virtual picket line.” We are watching with interest to see how the nation’s major labor unions collaborate with The Newspaper Guild.

Separately, it was also reported that the new AOL / Huffington Post had laid off 900 workers, but that the company was also beginning to distinguish between “professional journalism” and “adhoc blogging.” Company spokesman Mario Ruiz stated, “We stand squarely behind The Newspaper Guild’s mission of ensuring that media professionals receive fair compensation.”

The Guardian once again asked me to write a column, published on Monday, explaining these latest developments; a link is also included below.

The Huffington strike has exposed the fact that the writing and journalism fields have undergone vast changes in recent years that has resulted in a crisis. One half of that crisis is that much of what now passes as professional writing is not; the other half is that many who once made a dignified living as respected professionals no longer are able to do so. Huffington, it turns out, is only a part of this much larger story.

For further information please contact Bill Lasarow, Publisher and Co-Editor of ArtScene / Visual Art Source, (213) 482-4724, /


Here are links to selected stories over the last week:

Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer, Open Letter to Arianna Huffington, March 24th:

Guardian Op-Ed by Bill Lasarow, posted March 28th:

Story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 22nd, by Ann Belser:

Media-ite article by Alex Alvarez, March 23rd:

The original strike notice, distributed February 26th–

The Newspaper Guild’s statement as posted at their website March 17th:

Mar 29 2011
Coming soon: Better Ads in Gmail

Coming soon: Better Ads in Gmail

Offers and Coupons will also be offered…. all the deal sites better get ready

  • Fewer irrelevant ads
  • Gmail’s importance ranking applied to ads
  • Offers and coupons for your local area

With Gmail, we try to do as good a job with ads as we do with email. We use Gmail ourselves, and want its ads to be as relevant and useful as possible.

If you’ve been using Gmail for a while, you may have noticed a time or two where we’ve missed. Bad ads tend to annoy people. We’re trying to cut down on these ads, and make the ones you do see much more useful.

With features like Priority Inbox, we’ve been working hard to help sort through the ‘bacn’ in your messages — the unimportant messages that get in your way. Soon we’re going to try a similar approach to ads: using some of the same signals that help predict which messages are likely to be important to you, Gmail will better predict which ads may be useful to you. For example, if you’ve recently received a lot of messages about photography or cameras, a deal from a local camera store might be interesting. On the other hand if you’ve reported these messages as spam, you probably don’t want to see that deal.

Only a few users will notice the change to begin with, but as we improve it we’ll roll it out more widely. As always, ads in Gmail are fully automated-no humans read your messages- and no messages or personally identifiable information about you is shared with advertisers. You can read about the principles we follow for advertising in mail here.


We’ve already cut down the number of ads shown per Gmail user by more than a third, and we hope these signals will enable us to continue to show fewer, better ads in Gmail.

As with many Gmail features, you can control the use of these signals from the Gmail Settings page.

Watch this video to learn about some improvements we are making to ads in Gmail. To learn more, visit

updated 03/29/2011


Mar 29 2011
Catch Tomatomania! this weekend at Descanso!

Catch Tomatomania! this weekend at Descanso!



Catch TOMATOMANIA! at Descanso Gardens April 2-3

‘World’s largest tomato seedling sale’ offers hundreds of choices

Deemed the “tomato freaks’ Woodstock, ” TOMATOMANIA! will kick off the month of April at Descanso Gardens. AKA “the world’s largest tomato seedling sale,” TOMATOMANIA! will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, on the Magnolia Lawn.


Now in its 20th year, TOMATOMANIA! offers tomato-philes hundreds of varieties to choose from, with tomatoes from A (Amish Paste) to Z (Zapotec). The weekend includes “Scott’s Tomato U,” a workshop presented by TOMATOMANIA! founder Scott Daigre. He will share his tips on growing the best, most flavorful tomatoes you have ever harvested.


Also on Sunday, the monthly Nature’s Table Cooking Demo series debuts at 11 a.m. Chef Jesse Genovese will focus on – what else? – tomatoes! Bring a notebook and be prepared to learn some new tricks in the kitchen.


TOMATOMANIA! started as a West Coast phenomenon in the 1990s. Over time, it has become a coast-to-coast must-do for home gardeners, setting up shop in premiere locales including White Flower Farm in Litch?eld, CT, and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, MA.


The TOMATOMANIA! sale, Scott’s Tomato U and the Nature’s Table Cooking Demo are free with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with I.D., $3 children 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and younger.


Find details at or (818) 949-4290. Check out the TOMATOMANIA! at




Mar 29 2011
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Mar 29 2011 Deal Aggregator Site from Editor-in-Chief Melissa Rivers @shoparatti @melrivers
Melissa Rivers(daughter of Joan Rivers) was on KTLA news this morning talking  about her newest venture, which launched yesterday March 28, 2011.  Apparently they had 200k hits on beta launch day. That’s great for a deal aggregator, of course the promotion and mentions on TechCrunch help, right?
Melissa Rivers – Editor
Welcome to I’m Melissa Rivers your Editor in Chief. Great news – your shopping life just got easier.
Must be getting lots of traffic or working out the bugs:

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Q. What is Shoparatti? 

A. is the one stop destination for the best selections of the best of the daily deals sites

Q. How do you find the deals?

A. Our team of editors look at 100’s of deal sites everyday and only post the best deals on our site, mobile app, and facebook app. (all linked to specific app)

Q. I bought a deal where’s my stuff?

A. Shoparatti only features other sites, companies, or products. We don’t sell anything. Please follow up with the vendor that you purchased through directly.

Q. How do i contact Melissa?

A. She’s always on twitter at @melrivers

Q. I have a product I want featured. How can I contact your deal finders?

A. Contact our deal finders here

Q. I’m looking for a job with Shoparatti. What should I do?

A. We’re hiring in the Santa Monica Area. Contact us here

Q. I’m interested in advertising on Shoparatti. What should i do?

A. Shoparatti visitors are smart savvy buyers and we welcome the “Right type” of advertisers. Email us!

======================================== is another new deal aggregator site.: Chris BigMess
Mar 29 2011
Trader Joe’s Customer Service Experience

I am a big fan of Trader Joe’s stores frequenting the multiple locations in Pasadena, my favorite is the Hastings Ranch location where parking is easy and plentiful.

Trader Joe’s is making great strides in bringing wine down to the affordable prices. For instance there is a good wine labeled as Chariot Red Wine. very good.

In terms of customer service, they are one of the best, if you buy something and are not satisfied, just take it back, no questions asked you get a refund or credit to buy something else.

Keep up the great work Trader Joe’s!

Mar 29 2011
Santa Fe Springs Chamber – Business Card Exchange April 2011

Business Card Exchange April 2011

Date: April 6, 2011 Time: 7:25 AM – 9:30 AM
Register Online

Event Description

hosted by
Cafe n’Stuff
The SFS Library

At every Business Card Exchange you will experience: Face to Face Business Contacts, Networking with Local Business Leaders, Full Breakfast, A Chance to win Door Prizes, and if you are a member of the SFS Chamber you will be entered to win the $100 Pot of Gold and a Member Profile Newspaper Article.

Too much to believe?  Come check us out!
Pre-registration for this event will close Tuesday, April 5, at 2:00p.m. so register early. (All prepaid attendees are guaranteed a spot at the event and they will also receive Express Check in and Personalized Name Badges.)
Event Sponsors

Event Location

Santa Fe Springs Library
11700 Telegraph Rd.
Santa Fe Springs
(next to Town Center Hall)
Date/Time Information Wednesday, April 6, 2011
7:30am – 9:30am
Contact Information


Member $15
Non-Member $25

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