Comic Book Store Redefined

first_img When it comes to comics, there are two types of readers: the hard-core fanatics and the casual ones.Collector’s Paradise caters to both but focuses on the casual reader.“We’re a different type of store, different from many comic book stores that you see. Most comic book stores sell a lot of older comics, older toys, and dusty collectibles in addition to the new releases that come out. We pride ourselves on being sort of different,” says Edward Greenberg, owner of Collector’s Paradise.Different in a way that the store doesn’t stock up on old back issues like other comic stores; instead it focuses on the “bookstore model; comics that come out monthly as periodicals and a huge selection of graphic novels, plus related merchandise, like toys, statues and art.” says Greenberg.[smooth=id:126;]“We don’t consider ourselves a Comic Book Store, we call ourselves a Comic Bookstore,” he adds.In short, Collector’s Paradise focuses more on the reading aspect of the hobby as opposed to just the collecting/investing aspect.Greenberg also tells us how his shop stands out from the rest by not looking like a “stereotypical comic book store with a bunch of older products, mixed fixtures and hand-written signs”. Instead, Collector’s Paradise stores look like a proper bookstore with fixtures that match each other, original art and prints on the walls, and an overall very sharp appearance. Not like some stores that looks like someone’s garage with posters and toys displayed without rhyme nor reason. The San Fernando Valley branch even has a dedicated Art Gallery attached.This distinction of image makes Collector’s Paradise much more inviting to casual readers.“We kind of try to focus on a professional clientele that like to read comic books and graphic novels as a form of literature as opposed to the old school collectors who just like to collect long runs of comic books,” explains Greenberg. “We do have a lot of collectibles in the store, but one does not have to be a collector to feel comfortable walking in.”Collector’s Paradise’s unique approach to the hobby even extends to how they celebrate the yearly National Free Comic Book Day event. “Every first Saturday in May, most stores do an event called Free Comic Book Day. They buy a bunch of comics really, really cheap from the publishers, books that are specially created for this event, and they give them out to people who walk in the store that day, as a way to promote reading comics.” says Greenberg.But true to its unique nature, instead of Free Comic Book Day, Collector’s Paradise celebrates Free Comic Book MAY.“We’re giving away the comics, like everyone else, but we’re also doing it for a whole month. I think that’s a huge thing that nobody’s done in Los Angeles. We don’t call it Free Comic Book Day, we call it Free Comic Book MAY,” says Greenberg.It is Free Comic Book May because people can get free books every Saturday in May. But the store also does more than just give away free comics, when people come in. Collector’s Paradise will have comic creators to sign the books, a variety from local to the world-renowned.“First of all, we create a huge event on May 4th, there’s a huge talent signing in each store and we have guys like J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5; Whilce Portacio, one of the biggest artists in the industry and co-founder of Image Comics, the third largest publisher in comics. He’s coming, plus a bunch of other really super talented people,” says Greenberg. These signing events continue for the rest of the month, on Saturdays, at both stores, with many local creators showcasing their books in the stores.Perhaps what makes Collector’s Paradise all the more endearing, is the fact that it does its part in giving back to the community.Partnering with the Pasadena Public Library and other Pasadena organizations, the store does events like “Pasadena LitFest as a way to expand comic books awareness in the community. We’re establishing a relationship with the Pasadena City College. We’re all about being in the community and love to work with local organizations and have sponsored several charity events in the Pasadena Area,” Greenberg enthuses.Greenberg also says that they will be on hand to give out free books not just in his store, but in the Pasadena Public Library as well. He says on “May 4th when people go to check out Free Comic Book Day, we will be there at the library giving out books. One of our favorite creators, Mike Kunkel, of “Herobear and the Kid” is going to be there to sign books for kids and do sketches.”Greenberg adds, “If you go to the Pasadena Library and check out a graphic novel there to read, those very likely come from us. Many of their graphic novels have been purchased by the library from us in the last two years.”The partnership between Collector’s Paradise and the Pasadena Public Library is an ongoing relationship, Greenberg says, and “we want to do that with other organizations. Anybody who wants to start a relationship with our stores can call us and talk about it.”Collector’s Paradise Pasadena is located at 319 S. Arroyo Prkwy #4, while the original branch is in San Fernando Valley, at 7131 Winnetka Ave in Canoga Park. To find out more about Collector’s Paradise, you can visit http://comicsandcards.net, where additional information for each branch is available, or email the management at [email protected] HerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Bakery’s double whammy at Scotch Pie competition

first_imgThe Bon Bon Cake Shop has pulled off a notable double at the 2006 World Scotch Pie Championship, writes Ian Martin. During last week’s prize-giving ceremony at Dunfermline’s Lauder College, the Airdrie-based business was not only named World Scotch Pie Champion for 2006, but also picked up the top award in the bridie section. Founded in the late 1960s and employing just 14 people, the Bon Bon Cake Shop normally produces up to 30 dozen Scotch pies on a weekday and nearer 40 dozen at the weekend. But according to owner Robert Cowan, demand grew 50% on the day after the awards ceremony, as news of the triumph began to filter into the local media. Mr Cowan insists that production of the hand-made pies represents “a collective effort” within the business. The standard shop recipe entered for the World Scotch Pie Championship comprises “good-quality Scotch beef” in “a thin and quite crisp pastry shell”, explained Mr Cowan. “We spice the pies to the taste of locals here in Airdrie,” he added. All the pies produced in the bakery are sold through the adjoining shop, thereby guaranteeing freshness, he said.This year’s World Scotch Pie Championship attracted 248 product entries from 60 companies. “The overall standard just gets better every year,” observed competition founder Alan Stuart of Stuarts of Buckhaven. “The event has become established in the food calendar and the trade looks forward to it.” Mr Stuart drew particular attention to the high level of innovation within the speciality section of the competition, which was won this year by F Ballard Butchers of Castle Douglas for its Lamb rosti pie.Having scooped four awards at last year’s event, Nevis Bakers of Fort William picked up a further five at the latest ceremony, including a bronze for its Scotch pie, golds for its bridie and beef stroganoff pie, and silvers for its Hotchpotch pie and Orkney beef pie.last_img read more

Where the doctor treats you like a neighbor

first_imgOn his first day at the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center, in 1968, Dr. Roger Sweet got a phone call.“Where are you?” the voice on the other end demanded.“Who is this?”“I’m the nurse at the high school. You’re supposed to be doing physicals.”Sweet headed to the high school, where he found 40 kids waiting. He had an hour, the nurse told him.“I was trained to do one physical in an hour,” said Sweet, a founding physician at the center, former assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and head of MGH Health Care Centers until his retirement in 1993.The story provides a picture of the unmet needs in the neighborhood when MGH Charlestown opened, part of the first wave of community health centers that spread across the nation in the late 1960s.“The community health center movement was not just about health, it was about poverty,” said Jean Bernhardt, the center’s current administrative director. “I think health centers have done a great job. They brought health care to a vulnerable community that didn’t have it. … We’ve been part of that.”The movement got its local start in Dorchester in 1965, when what is now the Geiger-Gibson Community Health Center opened its doors. Today there are 1,400 community health organizations nationwide, serving more than 28 million patients at 11,000 sites. Thirteen million of those patients are poor.The movement came as President Lyndon Johnson waged his War on Poverty, which included support for the poor and elderly through passage of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965. Today there are 1,400 community health organizations nationwide, serving more than 28 million patients at 11,000 sites. Thirteen million of those patients are poor. One thing that seems certain is that physicians and nurses will greet today’s patients tomorrow, along with their children and maybe even their grandchildren. Ivan Lopez, a patient at the center since childhood, brought his boys, 3-year-old Ezra and 1-year-old Ismael, to the 50th anniversary open house. Friendly, conscientious physicians and good care have kept him coming back, Lopez said.“I think that’s been one of the parts I’ve found most rewarding — multigenerational care,” Morrill said.Mary Delaney, a nurse manager at the center for more than 20 years, said that staff camaraderie helps make every day fulfilling.“It’s a family environment and we really care about each other and we really support each other,” she said. MGH’s first community health center initially focused on youth and school health, but soon opened its doors to all of Charlestown, according to James Morrill, the center’s medical director. Neighborhood partners, including the nonprofits ABCD and the John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, have been key allies along the way, Bernhardt said.As Charlestown HealthCare marked its 50th anniversary with an open house this fall, officials noted the decades-long persistence of problems such as hunger and homelessness. But back in 1968, just a third of local children received basic immunizations, compared with near-universal coverage today. Another, less-welcome shift has been in the rise of chronic lifestyle-related illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure, reflecting nationwide patterns. And while substance-use disorder isn’t new, the dimensions of today’s opioid crisis dwarf those of the past, Bernhardt and Morrill said.The community has changed as well, said Morrill, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Gentrification has attracted wealthier residents, widening income inequality and altering the makeup of the center’s 10,000 patients.“It makes it complex, but the mission remains,” Morrill said. “The poverty is still there.”Listening comes first Joan Quinlan, MGH’s vice president for community health, said that neighborhood centers have always provided important lessons on care. One example: If you want to know a community’s health priorities, ask the community.Speaking at the open house, Quinlan recalled a community meeting at Charlestown HealthCare more than two decades ago, not long after she started at MGH. The session kicked off with a data-driven presentation explaining that heart disease was the community’s most pressing health challenge.“The community listened politely, the doctor sat down, and then they went on to discuss how drugs and alcohol were tearing at the fabric of life in the community,” said Quinlan. “You’ve taught us that delivering high-quality clinical care is critical, but that we have to listen to the community and address the community’s concerns about all the things that affect health.” “We have to listen to the community and address the community’s concerns about all the things that affect health.” — Joan Quinlan, MGH’s vice president for community health, pictured below,Similarly, Quinlan said, a model of substance-abuse treatment developed at Charlestown HealthCare by Mark Eisenberg, an assistant professor of medicine, has been scaled up and adopted by MGH.The opioid crisis remains the top challenge facing Charlestown today, according to Morrill and Bernhardt. In addition to the medication-assisted treatment initiative Eisenberg developed, the center has established a program in which an addiction nurse helps determine when patients are ready to begin treatment and develops harm-reduction strategies in case of relapse. Complementing the efforts of the nurse and physician is a recovery coach who provides the patient with peer support.“This is an epidemic that is devastating generations in this community,” Bernhardt said.The center has also reached out to local public schools to provide on-site mental health services, providing a clear example of how to lower barriers to important care, Quinlan said.Moving forward, Bernhardt expects to see more emphasis on wellness and prevention, whether for substance-use disorders or other chronic illnesses. The center is focused on targeting early signs of addiction. It also hopes to prevent lifestyle-related conditions via programming addressing the importance of a healthy diet, she said. 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New York declares flu emergency

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 12 Views   no discussions HealthInternationalLifestylePrint New York declares flu emergency by: – January 14, 2013 The US is in the midst of the worst flu outbreak in yearsThe governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, has declared a public health emergency because of the severity of this year’s influenza season.The order makes vaccinations more accessible and allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children.Almost 20,000 cases of flu have been reported in New York state so far this season – more than four times the number of cases last winter.The flu outbreak has reached epidemic proportions across the US.Last week 7.3% of US deaths were caused by pneumonia and the flu, just above epidemic threshold, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Flu activity was widespread in 47 states, up from 41 the week before.Experts recommend flu vaccines, which have been found to be 62% effective.The 2012-13 flu season is said to have started earlier than usual, with many cases of the H3N2 strain, which can be severe.Some analysts say the latest numbers suggest the worst of the season may have passed.The only states without widespread flu were California, Hawaii and Mississippi.Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, runny nose, body ache and fatigue. Severe cases could see vomiting and diarrhoea or develop into pneumonia. Many cases are much milder.BBC Newscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more