Help Rock’N Fish Manhattan Beach Staff; Buy A Holiday Gift Card

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — To help the restaurant staff they just laid off due to the new ban on outdoor dining in Los Angeles County, Rock’n Fish is giving back 50% of its gift card sales purchased for at least $100 to laid off employees for the next two weeks.

“I was devastated to have to lay off my entire team right before the holidays,” said Owner Michael Zislis. “My employees here are like family. I need to do something that gives back and I think the Manhattan Beach community wants to do the same.”

The longtime downtown Manhattan Beach restaurant was celebrating its 20th Anniversary during the month of November, when the new county mandate, banning outdoor dining beginning Thursday, Nov. 26, came down.

Rock’N Fish is hoping to be able to donate over at least $500 to each employee with this program. To purchase a gift card, please visit and click on the “Gift Cards” heading.

Wrote Rock’N Fish on its social media outlets yesterday [Tuesday, Dec. 1]: “SOS: SAVE OUR STAFF! Purchase an eGift Card of $100 or more before December 14th and 50% of your purchase will go directly back to our staff who have been laid off during this difficult time. Give back to your Rock’N Fish family, while giving the gift of Manhattan Beach’s Favorite Steak & Seafood Restaurant! Your support and love means the world to us and we want to make sure our amazing staff is taken care of during this time. Gift Cards can be purchased online only at this time.”

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From Hina Khan’s beach vacay to Aditya Narayan’s wedding, these pics from entertainment world are hard to miss!

Captioning the post, Bollywood actress Mouni Roy wrote, “A saree girl forever”. Mouni, you are slaying in this saree.

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This throwback picture of actress Anushka Sharma and hubby Virat Kholi’s has gone viral and for all the right reasons. Anushka, your workout is an inspiration.

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Actress Kangana Ranaut wished her sister Rangoli Chandel with an oh-so-cute gift. She wrote, “Happy birthday to my one and only, though @rangoli_r_chandel is always happy and giggly but I know essentially deep down she is a mom, heres another addition to her family…. friends meet Gappu Chandel…”

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Actress and ‘Bigg Boss 8’ winner Gauahar Khan is all set to tie the know with boyfriend, Zaid Darbar on Christmas. Taking to Instagram, Gauhar shared the news along with pictures from pre-wedding photoshoot. Congratulations, you look adorable together!

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Celebrating her second anniversary with husband and singer Nick Jonas, Desi girl wrote, “Happy 2 year anniversary to the love of my life. Always by my side. My strength. My weakness. My all. I love you.”

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Popular TV actress and Bigg Boss fame Hina Khan is the new addition in the list of stars to have chosen the Maldives for vacation this year. Khan is enjoying her time at the gorgoeus beaches with her family and boyfriend, Rocky Jaiswal. Needless to say, the woman looks stunning in her vacay pictures. Enjoy, Hina!

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Singer and popular host Aditya Narayan tied the knot with his long-time partner, Shweta Aggarwal on December 1. Following the COVID-19 protocols, the duo got married in a close-knit ceremony, with only family and friends in attendance. The wedding took place at the ISKCON temple. Aditya and Shweta have known each other for 11 years. They made their film debut in 2010 with horror movie ‘Shaapit’. The singer treated his fans with this loved-up picture with his now wife, Shweta. Congratulations, you guys! Meet Aditya’s bride here and scroll down to see where our other stars are.

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Black Friday in Palm Beach County quieter because of pandemic

With more people starting holiday shopping earlier and doing more online because of Covid, stores were quiet on Black Friday in Palm Beach County.

Kristina Webb

Jodie Wagner
| Palm Beach Post

WELLINGTON — The calendar said Black Friday, but the parking lots at retailers across Palm Beach County indicated it might as well have been a typical Saturday afternoon as shoppers seemingly opted for internet sales because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The day seen as the apex of the holiday shopping season was almost eerily quiet, and while some stores experienced a busier-than-usual Friday, visits by Palm Beach Post reporters to several area retailers showed a calmer, socially distanced Black Friday and consumers wary of in-person shopping.

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At the Super Target on State Road 7 at Lantana Road south of Wellington, a modest line of customers stood 6 feet apart before the doors opened at 7 a.m. Friday. Those who entered were required to wear a mask, and only one of Target’s two main entrances was open for the first shoppers. 

Shoppers inside the store and other retail outlets visited Friday morning mostly kept their distance from others as recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to hamper the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. 

The regulated flow of consumers down popular aisles was a marked change from past years, when people would go elbow-to-elbow as they jockeyed for deals.

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Kelly Ramsaran is among those who in the past would have been at Target when the store opened. It became a tradition for her family to head to the retailer after Thanksgiving dinner, with Ramsaran, her siblings and their families tracking down the best prices Target had to offer.

This year, she did almost all of her holiday shopping online.

“I almost went to Old Navy because it opened at midnight but changed my mind,” she said. 

The primary reason behind her decision to shop online: COVID-19.

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“I didn’t trust that other people would be socially responsible,” Ramsaran said. “And I didn’t trust that the stores would have enough associates to help keep people distanced.”

Since stores reopened after closing this spring because of the pandemic, Ramsaran said she noticed a shortage in employees at retail stores. That falls in line with reports from national retailers that they have either laid off or furloughed employees because of the economic effects of the pandemic. 

Ramsaran is one of the 40 percent of holiday shoppers who started buying gifts earlier than usual this year, according to a National Retail Federation survey released this month. 

In that survey, 70 percent of holiday shoppers said they felt safe going into stores because of the precautions retailers are taking for COVID-19.

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Black Friday Live: Tracking the latest holiday shopping lines, trends in Myrtle Beach | Myrtle Beach Business

MYRTLE BEACH — In yesteryear, Black Friday was a spectacle, with shoppers fighting over the latest hot toy or electronics find.

With the advent of digital shopping, as well as the worldwide pandemic, what will that look like this year?

Our Jay Rodriguez will be all over the Grand Strand and Hammock Coast on Friday morning to check out trends, whether people are feeling financially confident this holiday season and what to expect as you head out the day after Thanksgiving.

Here are some updates:

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Lines formed at Tanger Outlets in Myrtle Beach.

8 a.m.

A line formed outside the Adidas store at Tanger Outlets on U.S. 501. Adidas was one of several stores at Tanger with a roped-off entrance to keep track of the number of customers in the store at one time.

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7:30 a.m.

At the Tanger in Myrtle Beach, employees at stores like Under Armour, Tommy Hilfiger and COACH were at the roped entrances making sure people were wearing masks. Many shoppers were enticed by the discount percentage, like Old Navy’s 50 percent off the entire store, as reasons for making the early-morning dash to the outlet stores.

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The Tanger Outlets in Myrtle Beach on Nov. 27, 2020.


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6:30 a.m.

A rain storm that had threatened the early success of an outdoor mall like Tanger Outlets in Myrtle Beach, has passed, leaving behind scattered clouds and mild temperatures in the mid-60s.

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The Tanger Outlets in Myrtle Beach on Black Friday.

6:10 a.m.

A rain storm that had been flashing lightning much of the early morning on Black Friday came through with a soaking shortly after 6 a.m. at the Tanger Outlets stores on U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach.

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Social distancing signs were prevalent at Tanger Outlets in Myrtle Beach.

5:55 a.m.

Signs like this one on Black Friday reminded patrons at the Tanger Outlets stores on U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach to remain six feet apart from other patrons. Tanger policies require masks to be worn when entering their stores, store owners said.

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Lines begin to form at Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach around 5:40 a.m.

5:40 a.m.

People were lining up outside Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach next to the Bed, Bath and Beyond entrance at 5:40 a.m. on Black Friday. Temperatures were in the mid-60s after an overnight storm. Big box stores at the mall, like JC Penney and Belk, had employees at their public entrances ensuring visitors were wearing masks.

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‘Extremely large’ fire at Daytona Beach shopping plaza deemed suspicious

A large fire broke out early Thursday at a shopping plaza in Daytona Beach and investigators are calling the blaze suspicious.

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The fire happened around 4 a.m. in the Village Plaza Shopping Center on Beville Road. This is a strip mall on the North side of Beville next to Aldi.

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Several units were affected; however, investigators said the fire started in a nutritional store. Many of the other units were not currently being leased and all the units were unoccupied when the fire broke out.

Daytona Beach Fire officials said the blaze was “extremely large,” and difficult to battle.

The impacted units did not have a sprinkler suppression system installed, officials said.

Daytona Beach firefighters determined the cause to be suspicious and called the State Fire Marshal to investigate.

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Turtle Beach & ROCCAT Deliver The High-Quality Console & PC Accessories Gamers Want This Holiday Season

“Our 2020 lineup is the strongest in our history and I couldn’t be prouder of what Turtle Beach and ROCCAT have achieved this year in delivering award-winning, top-selling console and PC gaming accessories,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach. “Updating legendary headsets like the original Stealth 600 & 700 to meet the next-gen performance of new consoles was no small task, and the new Gen 2s are already exceeding gamers expectations and performing as top-sellers. On PC, we continue expanding ROCCAT’s impressive portfolio to offer an even wider variety PC headsets, mice, keyboards, and more, and not only do the new Elo, Vulcan, and Burst products look and feel absolutely amazing; they’ve set records as our most pre-ordered PC products. We’re collectively over-delivering on performance, precision, comfort, and value, and Turtle Beach and ROCCAT’s latest offerings are the best way gamers can experience immersive gameplay this holiday season.”

ROCCAT’s 2020 lineup elevates PC gaming to new heights with the iconic brand’s impressive assortment of precision PC gear, starting with the all-new Elo series PC headsets. The Elo headsets combine ROCCAT’s award-winning German design and innovation with Turtle Beach’s gaming audio expertise and exclusive technologies. The Elo X Stereo delivers premium stereo sound and multiplatform connectivity for a MSRP of $49.99. PC gamers can step-up to the Elo 7.1 USB which adds a powered USB connection, immersive surround sound, and AIMO intelligent lighting for a MSRP of $69.99.  Finally, the Elo 7.1 Air adds wireless connectivity and Superhuman Hearing® for a $99.99 MSRP. The Vulcan Pro and compact Vulcan TKL Pro are the latest additions to the ever-popular Vulcan keyboard series, available for $199.99 and $159.99 MSRPs, respectively. The Pro keyboards feature ROCCAT’s ridiculously fast Titan Optical Switch technology that registers keystrokes up to 100 times faster than standard mechanical switches. Additionally, the Vulcan TKL was introduced as the compact version of the brand’s fan-favorite keyboard design featuring Titan Linear (Speed) or Titan Tactile mechanical switches for a MSRP of $129.99. Lastly, the Burst Pro and Burst Core mice also feature Titan Optical Switch tech to register mouse clicks faster than the competition. The Burst mice offer PC gamers an all-new symmetrical, ergonomic shape and extremely lightweight feel at just 68g – available for MSRPs of $59.99 and $29.99, respectively.

“Our philosophy is focused on achieving the highest levels of design and performance, and our Elo headsets, Vulcan keyboards, and Burst mice outperform the competition in every respect of speed and style,” said René Korte, ROCCAT Founder and General Manager for PC Products at Turtle Beach. “Our Titan Optical Switch technology is the result of three years of painstakingly intricate design to take full advantage of the speed, precision, and durability benefits of optical, while retaining that familiar ‘click’ feeling our fans love in our keyboards and mice. And now we also have the power of Turtle Beach’s decades-long expertise in gaming audio in our Elo headsets; all of which combine to

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Palm Beach author channels rejection by birth mother, fashion industry experiences in debut novel

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Debut author Deborah Robinson has no words of affection for the woman who gave birth to her.

“I felt love for my parents, the ones who adopted me, not for her,” Robinson said. “Did I want her to like me and accept me? Of course I did, but that just didn’t happen. She did not want me, and she had no interest in getting to know me. She wasn’t my mother, she was a ‘biological incubator.’” 

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Robinson, a longtime resident, wrote her debut fiction novel “Lily Rose” as a way to narrate the experience and pain of being abandoned by her biological mother. 

“The book actually started out as a memoir, and it was cathartic in the beginning. But as I started to write, I began to see that writing it as a memoir was not a good idea, and it would be better to write it as a fiction book. I wanted to make these particular characters their own,” Robinson said.

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“Lily Rose” begins with the story of vivacious teenager Anna James Jefferson (“Jeff”), who is desperate to leave her small town of Paris, Kentucky. She falls head over heels for a well-to-do prep school boy named Eric, and Jeff begins to see all of her dreams start to come true.

But the romance is cut short  when Jeff finds out she’s pregnant and Eric refuses to marry her. 

Considering the challenges of being an unwed teen mother in a conservative Southern town, Jeff decides to put the baby up for adoption, but not before giving her a name: Lily Rose.

The second part of the novel follows Lily Rose’s life, her journey from small-town girl to fashion icon fame in New York City and an eventual reunion with her birth mother, which doesn’t go quite as planned. 

Robinson said the name of her book’s main character is the one her birth mother gave her when she was born. Her adoptive parents eventually changed it to Deborah, but she feels Lily Rose is an important part of her identity, even if she never had a relationship with the woman who gave it to her.

“Part of the reason I wrote the book was to examine the question of nature versus nurture, and to see exactly how far the apple falls from the tree,” Robinson said. 

Like her protagonist, Robinson also moved from Kentucky to New York City at 23. She very much wanted to be part of the Manhattan fashion circuit, but had no idea how to do it.

“I took a small job as a fashion assistant in a store, and I started moving up from there.  I think I was at the right place at the right time, and I was good at what I did,” Robinson said.  “When I was about 28 years old,

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Virginia Beach web-based business makes gift giving easier

Years ago when Clay Barr heard that someone needed a gift to bring to the Queen of England at Balmoral Castle, she came up with the perfect idea — a box of toffee.

“He was being vetted for a job in her household and he told me the queen likes chocolate,” said Barr, co-owner of Missions Possible, a web-based retail business that focuses on creative ideas for gifts, event planning and home/office decor.

Another client in Colorado recently contacted Missions Possible after exhausting all of her abilities to recreate an etched bowl she received as a wedding present 25 years ago.

“She asked if I knew where she could get one and I said, ‘Yes, me,’” Barr said.

Unique and personal gifts are a specialty for Barr and her cousin, Lauren Baros-Barr, who provide them for clients through the business they started in Virginia Beach 14 years ago.

“We are totally there to make your gift giving easy,” Barr said. “We’re here to serve, really.”

Missions Possible is a follow-up to a catalog business that Barr and several partners had in New York. When it dissolved she decided to move in another direction and asked Baros-Barr to join her with her new endeavor.

“Instead of a catalog — as the world has changed — we did a web-based business,” said Barr, a Norfolk native who also maintains an interior design business, Cofers Inc.

Product lines include items for babies, children, teens, corporate, get well, religious, ladies, men, weddings and anniversaries.

If customers are struggling to find the perfect gift — for let’s say a grumpy uncle — they can confer with the women, who will ask for details about recipient and help narrow down the right choice.

“If you don’t see what you want, you call us and we will research and find the right gift for what you need,” Barr said.

Before the pandemic, Baros-Barr said they would normally attend a large variety of supplier shows and developed a wide variety of suppliers.

“We have a large number of businesses that we research for our merchandise, and no one is a singularly main supplier,” Baros-Barr said.

Whether a shopper is in need of a personal gift or something for more than 100 award winners, for example, Missions Possible can provide it, Barr said.

Items can be personalized with embroidered monograms, engraving and logos. Gift wrapping is also available for an additional charge.

“We think presentation has a lot to do with receiving a gift. If it looks beautiful it makes a big impact before you even open the gift,” Barr said.

The business has one other employee, Barr’s assistant, Jan Pfaffinger. She started as a secretary for Barr’s late husband almost 40 years ago.

With pop-up shops not popping up around Hampton Roads due to the pandemic, the duo has been busy switching up their business this fall.

They have employed an older style of marketing — postcards — to get the word out.

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Local organization to hold free children’s clothing event in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia (CCEVA) will host a free children’s clothing event for mothers in need on Thursday.

The event will take place on November 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at CCEVA’s main office located at 5361-A Virginia Beach Blvd.

This event allows parents in need to shop for baby clothing, sizes newborn to 5t, blankets, hats, shoes, diapers and a small selection of toys.

It will be first come, first served and a bag will be provided to parents for their items.

All shoppers will be required to fill out a client intake form upon arrival and then remain in their car until their number is called to practice proper social distancing. Face masks are also required.

Bryant & Stratton College’s mobile clothing closet, Gayle’s Closet, will also be on site to provide free professional clothing for men and women.

Gayle’s Closet is a campus initiative to help students and local residents get professional clothing. Shoppers are eligible for one free outfit. Clothing will be available in sizes 6-22.

Catholic Charities pregnancy and parenting support program offers case management services to help pregnant women and new parents with immediate needs as well as help create a long term goal action planning towards self-sufficiency.

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Fire captain fatally shot accepting guns as gift from friend, Palm Beach Gardens police say

James Gilliard, a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue veteran of 21 years, was killed in a shooting in Palm Beach Gardens

Eliot Kleinberg

Julius Whigham II
| Palm Beach Post

PALM BEACH GARDENS — Hurry, the man told police dispatchers. I just shot my friend.

City police came to Jay Rind’s Palm Beach Gardens home, then drove Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Capt. James Gilliard to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Gilliard later died, and now Rind is charged with manslaughter.

Rind, 63, was booked Wednesday night at the Palm Beach County Jail in Monday’s fatal shooting. In court Thursday morning at the jail, records show, Circuit Judge Laura Johnson set Rind’s bail at $20,000 and ordered him to surrender his “travel documents,” such as his passport. Rind’s next hearing is set for Dec. 4.

Gilliard, 48, of Stuart, had spent 21 years at Fire-Rescue. A GoFundMe webpage was set up Wednesday to raise $15,000 for Gilliard’s wife, daughter and son. By Thursday afternoon, it had raised more than $22,000.

“James was one of a kind,” one contributor posted.

According to a police report, Rind called at about 8:15 p.m. Monday from his home in the 4500 block of Artesa Way S. in the Cielo neighborhood near Donald Ross Road and Military Trail. 

Rind said he’d been showing Gilliard the handgun, which he planned to give the firefighter, when it went off. A bullet struck Gilliard in the torso.

Rind said he buys and sell jewelry and had met Gilliard about four years ago, when Gilliard owned a pawn shop. He said Gilliard had picked him up the night of the shooting for dinner at the Bonefish Grill on PGA Boulevard, at which he drank no alcohol and Gilliard had a glass of wine.

Back at his home, Rind said, he told Gilliard he was offering him “a deal of his lifetime.” He said he was moving to Mexico and wanted to give Gilliard his two guns. Rind said he was about 4 feet away from Gilliard, holding one of the guns, showing it was empty, when it went off.

The report said police found a Taurus 87 .38-caliber revolver, loaded with three rounds, one live and one fired. It was atop a desk in a second floor-living room, where Rind said he’d laid it after the shooting.  

A second gun was found inside a drawer of the desk and a third in a second-floor bedroom. The report does not describe those two weapons.

Police asked Rind about his knowledge of firearms. He said he’d been to a shooting range four times.

Rind denied any kind of argument between the two.

Gilliard’s wife confirmed to police that her husband and Rind had met to discuss a purchase of guns.

Rind is charged with manslaughter, a second-degree felony that could bring 15 years in prison, as well as improper exhibition of a firearm, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

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