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Luciela

“Luciela,” an incredibly moving short film about a young girl who gets reminded how her family has been torn apart on her favorite holiday, premiered today on the PBS Short Film Festival running from July 12-23. The film, directed by Erin Ploss-Campoamor, is available now on all PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and the PBS Video App and is a co-production of Mare’s Hoof Production and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).  Click HERE to watch Luciela. The short tells the story of a fiercely independent Mexican-American girl who loves the 4th of July because every year her Papi throws a huge party. He does one of the best firework shows in Lincoln Heights, their immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles which delights all. But this year he can’t, because he’s been deported. So Luciela decides to set off a few sparks of her own. 

“I first conceived of this story a few years ago. A friend invited me to her home in Lincoln Heights, to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July. If you are not familiar with Lincoln Heights, it is a mostly Latinx, mostly immigrant neighborhood, up in the hills of Los Angeles,” shared filmmaker Erin Ploss-Campoamor. “It felt especially poignant that I was experiencing this in a predominantly Latinx neighborhood, knowing that immigrant rights were actively under threat and xenophobia was on the rise. I loved that this community was celebrating our country’s Independence Day so loudly and proudly. Filling the sky, saying, “See us! Hear us! We are here! From that experience, the seeds of this story were planted.”

“Luciela” represents the experiences of many children whose families live in the shadow of deportation,” shares Sandie Viquez Pedlow, Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting. “Sadly, this is an unfortunate reality in our country. Latino Public Broadcasting is proud to work with Erin Ploss-Campoamor to bring films such as “Luciela” to the forefront and hopefully create a better understanding of these divisive issues and the consequences to our young children.” 

The festival features 25 short-form independent films presented in six categories: culture, family, humanity, identity, race and society. And for the first time in the festival’s history, all 25 films will be presented in virtual reality, accessible on any VR device. Audiences can also use a computer without a headset and still look around 360 degrees.

About The PBS Short Film Festival

The PBS Short Film Festival is part of a multiplatform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers from across the country and amplify the voices of diverse content creators. Since its inception in 2012, hundreds of films celebrating love, acceptance, family, strength, equality, friendship, loyalty and more have been presented under the festival’s banner. The 2021 festival carries the tagline “A Decade of Being Seen” as a reminder that the festival has always striven to amplify the untold stories of America.

Starting at midnight on Monday, July 12, audiences can watch and share all 25 films. In addition, a panel of nine jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the Juried Prize. Jury members are respected professionals in independent film and public media and were invited by PBS to participate.

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JULY 4TH CELEBRATION – THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The Ed Sullivan Show’s official Youtube Channel celebrates America’s Independence Day weekend with “This Is My Country” and “America The Beautiful,” performed by Pat Boone and West Point Glee Club, respectively. July 4th continues with a rousing rendition of “God Bless America Again” from trailblazing country star Loretta Lynn. Also featured are “The Star Spangled Banner” by Oberkirchen Choir, an inspiring version of “America Our Heritage” from the Washington D.C. Festival Chorus and more.

Among the upcoming classic performers featured are Connie Francis (“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”), Jackie Wilson (“I’m Comin’ On Back To You,” “Night”), Liza Minnelli (“The Travelin’ Life”), Louis Armstrong (“Royal Garden Blues”), plus Petula Clark (“My Love”) and Ray Charles (“Eleanor Rigby”). The wide range of musical performances also includes the Brenda Lee, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Mahalia Jackson, Paul Anka, Wayne Newton and many more.

Comedy clips include Alan King, Charles Nelson Reilly & Nancy Walker, Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara, Totie Fields. From acrobats to The Muppets to skits with the inimitable host himself, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Ed Sullivan Show YouTube channel honors an entertainment legacy with new clips daily and a wide range of playlists to explore.

Throughout its historic 23-year primetime run (1948-1971), The Ed Sullivan Show brought the hottest performances from around the world and introduced emerging talent to America’s living rooms every Sunday night. The show featured some of the earliest or first televised performances of music superstars including The Band, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Jackson 5, The Mamas and The Papas, The Supremes, and The Rolling Stones.

Among the voluminous gems in this vast catalog are iconic clips most of which have not been seen in decades. UMe uploads new videos daily, including scores of rarities available digitally for the first time, to The Ed Sullivan Show’s official YouTube channel and EdSullivan.com, both newly updated.

Live On The Ed Sullivan Show Youtube channel, July 1-15*: 

STREAM DATE – ARTIST – PERFORMANCE – AIRDATE

THU 7/1 – Alan King – Airplane – June 2, 1968

THU 7/1 – The Kessler Twins – When In Rome – October 16, 1966

THU 7/1 – Eddy Manson – Swanee River – August 5, 1962

THU 7/1 – Tony Martin – You Made Me Love You – November 27, 1960

FRI 7/2 – Phil Spitalny’s Hour Of Charm – Hallelujah Chorus – March 25, 1951

FRI 7/2 – Strategic Air Command Band – Strike Up the Band – March 16, 1969

FRI 7/2 – Allen & Rossi, Ed Sullivan – How To Phone Women For Dates And Ed Sullivan – May 22, 1966

FRI 7/2 – Sandy Stewart – After You’ve Gone – April 16, 1961

FRI 7/2 – Gordon Macrae – America the Beautiful – July 6, 1969

SAT 7/3 – Pat Boone – This Is My Country – June 2, 1963

SAT 7/3 – Louis Armstrong – Royal Garden Blues – October 8, 1961

SAT 7/3 – Eddy Arnold – Wreck Of The Old ’97 – January 26, 1964

SAT 7/3 – The Harmonicats – Peg O’ My Heart – February 26, 1950

SAT 7/3 – Enzo Stuarti – Battle Hymn Of The Republic – September 6, 1964

SUN 7/4 – West Point Glee Club – America the Beautiful – June 9, 1968

SUN 7/4 – Oberkirchen Choir – The Star Spangled Banner – September 26, 1954

SUN 7/4 – Washington D.C. Festival Chorus – America Our Heritage – August 17, 1969

SUN 7/4 – Dolores Gray – You’re A Grand Old Flag – July 4, 1954

SUN 7/4 – Loretta Lynn – God Bless America Again – May 30, 1971

MON 7/5 – The Kane Triplets – Pow, Pow, Pow – June 11, 1967

MON 7/5 – Alan King – Son’s Bar Mitzvah & Ed Sullivan’s Anniversary – June 2, 1968

MON 7/5 – The Dubliners – Muirsheen Durkin – March 17, 1968

MON 7/5 – Jackie Wilson – I’m Comin’ On Back To You – May 28, 1961

TUE 7/6 – Pat Henning – Psychiatrist, Uncle And Bette Davis – February 22, 1959

TUE 7/6 – Charles Nelson Riley & Nancy Walker – Lovers Meet At The Deli Skit – February 6, 1966

TUE 7/6 – Liza Minnelli – The Travelin’ Life – January 3, 1965

TUE 7/6 – Dave Brubeck Quartet – I’m In A Dancing Mood – October 16, 1960

WED 7/7 – Totie Fields – Fan Letter – January 16, 1966

WED 7/7 – Shirley Verrett – Ave Maria – May 24, 1964

WED 7/7 – The McGuire Sisters – How Come You Do Me (Like You Do) – October 17, 1965

WED 7/7 – Connie Francis – Medley: Up Above My Head / Glory Glory / Light Of Love – March 21, 1965

THU 7/8 – Mary Hopkin – Goodbye – May 25, 1969

THU 7/8 – Teresa Brewer – How Come You Do Me Like You Do – February 6, 1955

THU 7/8 – Jackie Wilson – Night – March 31, 1963

THU 7/8 – Petula Clark – My Love – November 28, 1965

FRI 7/9 – Phil Spitalny’s Hour Of Charm – Spring Song – April 1, 1951

FRI 7/9 – The Missionary Dominican Sisters Of Our Lady Of Fichermont – Puer Natus Est Nobis – January 5, 1964

FRI 7/9 – Al Hirt – That’s A Plenty – December 10, 1961

FRI 7/9 – W.C. Handy – St. Louis Blues – December 18, 1949

SAT 7/10 – Mary Hopkin – Morning Of My Life – October 27, 1968

SAT 7/10 – Sandler & Young – In the Sunshine Days – January 7, 1968

SAT 7/10 – Mahalia Jackson – Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? – April 15, 1962

SAT 7/10 – Wayne Newton – Medley: (Give Me That) Old Time Religion/America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) – June 12, 1966

SUN 7/11 -The Amin Brothers – Acrobats – December 15, 1963

SUN 7/11 – Polly Bergen – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – December 20, 1959

SUN 7/11 – Shirley Bassey – S Wonderful – November 13, 1960

SUN 7/11 – Ray Charles – Eleanor Rigby – December 8, 1968

MON 7/12 – Mahalia Jackson – By His Word – December 18, 1960

MON 7/12 – Al Hirt, Milton Berle – Musical Humor – December 15, 1963

MON 7/12 – The Muppets – The Art Of Visual Thinking With Kermit The Frog – October 2, 1966

MON 7/12 – Wayne Newton – I Wish You Love – December 12, 1965

TUE 7/13 – Mary Hopkin – Those Were The Days – October 27, 1968

TUE 7/13 – Allan Drake – Kids Today – June 28, 1964

TUE 7/13 – Wayne Newton – Apple Blossom Time – May 30, 1965

TUE 7/13 – Paul Anka – I Love You – February 11, 1962

WED 7/14 – Sid Caesar, Ed Sullivan, Shirley Bassey – French Restaurant – February 28, 1971

WED 7/14 – Phil Spitalny’s Hour Of Charm – Voices Of Spring – April 1, 1951

WED 7/14 – Roger Williams – Supercalifragilistic – January 31, 1965

WED 7/14 – Ray Charles – If It Wasn’t For Bad Luck – December 8, 1968

FRI 7/15 – Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara – Wrong Phone Number – January 16, 1966

FRI 7/15 – George Givot – Malaprops – July 27, 1958

FRI 7/15 – Brenda Lee – Losing You – May 12, 1963

FRI 7/15 – Connie Francis – Alexander’s Ragtime Band – October 14, 1962

*Unlisted YouTube link and/or embed code may be available upon request or click link to grab embed code where included. Schedule may be subject to change without notice. Segments are listed chronologically by stream date and time.

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About The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show is the most popular primetime variety show in American history. For nearly a quarter century, Ed Sullivan hosted the greatest array of talent on television, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and Motown artists such as The Supremes, The Temptations and The Jackson 5. Every Sunday night at 8pm on CBS from 1948-1971, The Ed Sullivan Show showcased a wide variety of pop culture from the worlds of music, comedy, novelty and much more. The library of 1,000 hours includes over 10,000 performances.

About SOFA Entertainment

In 1990, Andrew Solt formed SOFA Entertainment Inc. and acquired The Ed Sullivan Show from the Sullivan family. The Ed Sullivan Show is the most respected and revered variety show in television history. SOFA Entertainment is the copyright holder of the original Ed Sullivan programs and over 150 hours of newly created programming.

About UMe

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the global catalog and special markets division of Universal Music Group (UMG).  Working closely in concert with UMG’s record labels, territories and operating companies, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, an emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and creating opportunities in new technologies.

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Jersey City Night Market Fireworks Festival

The heart of Jersey City was illuminated with sparkling flares as its residents gathered to watch the captivating light show on July 4th. On the banks of the Hudson River, Jersey City Night Market hosted their Food & Fireworks Festival on Montgomery St, overlooking the Jersey City Waterfront. From noon to 10pm, this family-friendly and pet-friendly celebration invited all to the free festivities.

Offering the patriotic backdrop of Lady Liberty, local JC craft beers, and the catchy sounds of Meghan Thee Stallion, Jersey City Night Market offered the ultimate way to enjoy Independence Day weekend. With ten hours of Chilltown Collective’s DJ entertainment, the party truly never stopped.

Over twenty food vendors were involved in the event, with tantalizing tastes from Eemas Cuisine, Spoonable Spirits, The Law of Doughnut Engineering, and Mozzarepas. There is truly something for everyone- even Woof Bowl for hungry dogs and Simply Done Production’s food truck for plant-based foodies. Flavors from around the world, including Korean corndogs at Oh K-Dog, invites guests to come together for the tantalizing tastes of the Jersey Shore Night Market.

If guests became thirsty after indulging in the mouthwatering bites, they could stroll down to the waterfront’s 21+ biergarten. The biergarten was sponsored by GP’s Bar and Restaurant, which provided guests with chilled, refreshing brews during the holiday’s heat wave.

The fourth of July festival highlighted a variety of local retail vendors. Participants included Woof Bowl, Hudson Houndstooth, Flor y Café, Jupiter Knights Hemp Co, The Hemp Social, Ten Dollar Books, Naz Jewelry, and Polished Concrete. St. Anne Catholic Church also reveled in the merrymaking, splitting their profits 50/50 with the Italian Festival.

At the end of the festivities, festivalgoers stared at the sky in awe of New Jersey’s largest fireworks show. The bursting explosions of color and light illuminated the waterfront and made the Hudson River glow with joyous revelry.

The Jersey City Night Market is a community initiate led by the creators of the Midnight Market and the Mise En Place Project. The Mise En Place Project is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. To read more about the market, please visit HERE.

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Burger & Lobster DIY Roll Kit Launch

READY TO FIRE UP THAT BACKYARD BBQ THIS 4TH OF JULY?

THE LAUNCH OF THEIR CHEF-CRAFTED, LIMITED-EDITION “DIY” BURGER AND LOBSTER ROLL KITS

Available Now and Delivered Right to Your Door, Get Ready to Cook Up a Wonderfully Unexpected, Premium Menu Choice for Your July 4th Feast – They’re the Perfect Box to Help you Celebrate our Independence from Mask-Mandates and Public Dining Restrictions

Burger & Lobster – the British-born restaurant brand that crafts prime burgers, serves wild, fresh Atlantic lobsters, and shakes up a tempting cocktail list with two restaurants in New York City – has curated the ultimate burger and lobster roll DIY kits to elevate backyard barbecues with its fan favorites – the Original Burger and Original Lobster Roll.

For those still not ready to go mask-less and dine indoors, Burger & Lobster is delivering their kits to kitchens across the Tri-state area, giving surf-and-turfers the fixings for the best burgers and lobster rolls in a fun DIY experience.

One of the things New Yorkers told us they missed most while we were closed during the pandemic was not being able to satisfy their cravings for our Original Burger and Lobster Roll,” said Chef Danny Lee, Burger & Lobster. “With our recent reopening, we wanted to not only welcome back our neighbors but to bring the best Burger & Lobster experience to more people in and around the Tri-State area which inspired our DIY Kits to make dining both fun and fresh from home.”

WHAT’S IN EACH KIT

Burger & Lobster is offering four variations of DIY Meal Kits:

  1. Original Burgers for 4,complete with four 10oz Nebraskan beef patties with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, pickled onions, and the brand’s secret burger sauce ($55.00)
  2. Original Burgers for 8,complete with four 10oz Nebraskan beef patties with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, pickled onions, and the brand’s secret burger sauce ($90.00)
  3. Original Lobster Rolls for 4,complete with lobster for four dressed in Japanese mayo and lemon and served with lemon and garlic butter in the brand’s signature brioche roll ($90.00)
  4. Original Lobster Rolls for 8,complete with lobster for eight dressed in Japanese mayo and lemon and served with lemon and garlic butter in the brand’s signature brioche roll ($160.00)

Each kit comes with personally Chef-crafted and easy to follow recipe cards to ensure that you nail recreating these Burger & Lobster classics at home. Tips from Chef Lee himself: don’t squeeze the lobster meat… and leave the beef out a half-hour before cooking for a better experience!

WHO CAN ORDER

Burger & Lobster’s DIY Kits are available for two-day delivery within the New York City five boroughs, the Tri-State Metropolitan area and surrounding areas up to 150 miles from its flagship restaurant in the Flatiron district of Manhattan.

For those not able to visit New York City – or don’t yet feel comfortable commuting in – to dine at Burger & Lobster restaurants, for the first time since it reopened its Flatiron restaurant, Burger & Lobster is making it easy for them to enjoy its much-loved menu items without leaving home.

HOW TO ORDER

To order one or more of these tasty, limited edition DIY Kits, it’s a simple click of a link to the brand’s New York Shop.

Burger & Lobster DIY kits are available for delivery every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with order cut offs being Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday respectively by 2:00 pm.  Orders received by 2:00 pm are packed and shipped the day following and arrive at front doorsteps the following day. Kits are available for a limited time through the summer, and further extensions are still in discussions. Be sure to get yours now!

IN-RESTAURANT DINING RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE ONLINE

Flatiron (NOW OPEN)

Bryant Park (OPENS JULY 1)

ABOUT BURGER & LOBSTER

Burger & Lobster was launched in Mayfair, England by four schoolmates in 2011. They had set out to open a restaurant where the focus was on perfecting the craft of just one or two main ingredients. Since then, Burger & Lobster has been bringing live, wild Atlantic lobsters and prime cut Nebraskan burgers to fun and passionate personalities around the world, who share their appetite for creativity. Simplicity is at the core of the Burger & Lobster concept with respect for great food and quality service. With nine sites in London, two in New York and a further three in Bangkok, Genting and Kuwait City, all restaurants feature live lobsters that are flown in from Nova Scotia, Canada and beef from cattle ranchers in Nebraska. The restaurants work tirelessly with the families that supply the ingredients to this mono-product offering to ensure the absolute best quality.

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Independence Day Must Haves

Tangy Floral Spritz

The biggest birthday party of the summer is right around the corner and Cavit Wines knows the perfect way to celebrate! Toast to America with a refreshing cocktail that sparkles and shines like the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Below you will find a super easy recipe featuring Cavit’s bright and fruity Prosecco that can be made in under 5 minutes!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) Chase Elderflower Liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • 6 oz (3/4 cup) Cavit Prosecco
  • 2 grapefruit wedges
  • 2 edible flowers

How to mix:

Divide grapefruit juice and liqueur between 2 glasses; fill glasses with ice cubes; top with Prosecco. Garnish each serving with grapefruit wedge and an edible flower.

Tip: Edible flowers can be found in gourmet food markets in the produce section with herbs or can be ordered and purchased online.

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1800 Coco Swizzle

With the summer solstice right around the corner on Sunday, June 20th, cocktail enthusiasts will be looking for delicious, interesting new cocktails to pass the time on the longest day of the year. Fortunately, 1800 Tequila offers the perfect mix of summer tequila cocktails made with their 1800 Silver, 1800 Cristalino, and 1800 Coconut expressions – ideal for unwinding during long summer days, whether enjoyed on vacation or kicking back after a long work week! Please find below three solstice-ready 1800 cocktails and links to purchase 1800 Silver (Drizly & ReserveBar), 1800 Coconut (Drizly & ReserveBar), and 1800 Cristalino (Drizly & ReserveBar).

  • 2 oz. 1800 Coconut
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup
  • 6-8 muddled fresh mint leaves 
  • 2 oz. club soda

Directions: In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves before adding the remaining ingredients (sans club soda) and shaking with ice. Pour into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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Soul Insole Gel Insoles

Who says adorable sandals or flip flops can’t provide foot support? Say goodbye to foot pain and hello to comfort thanks to Soul Insole. This company which makes memory gel insoles that are designed to relieve foot, back and other body pain and gently guide the foot into proper alignment.

You can’t even see these insoles in sandals or flip flops, as they stick to any surface and are clear. They can easily be removed and washed too. Soul Insole gel insoles are perfect for summertime footwear. For more info, please visit Soul Insole’s website.

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Absolutely Gluten Free’s Snacks

Absolutely Gluten-Free’s new look and feel across all products better reflects the new and delicious line of sweet and savory items that hit the market. The new line includes an assortment of scrumptious, sweet, and savory snacks that are 100% Certified Gluten-free, all-natural, OU certified kosher, grain-free, free of corn and rice, vegan, and made with only clean and wholesome ingredients. 

Whether you choose a gluten free lifestyle for health, lifestyle or wellness reason, the gourmet, innovative and flavorful Absolutely Gluten Free line of snacks and treats are perfect every gluten-free occasion.  Stock up for Independence Day with the line of Absolutely Gluten Free, which includes crackers and flatbreads, Coconut Chews, and macaroons. For more info, visit their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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E.Cuarenta’s Sparkling Tequila Sunrise

This refreshingly delicious cocktail is great to sip on at cook-outs and picnics. The Sparkling Tequila Sunrise starts with Bay area rapper Earl “E-40” Stevens’  E. Cuarenta tequila mixed with orange juice, then topped off with prosecco and Grenadine. The cocktail is perfect for a hot summer day. 

Sparkling Tequila Sunrise:

  • 2 oz of Tequila
  • 3 oz of orange juice
  • ¼ oz of Grenadine
  • Earl Stevens Selections Prosecco

Method: Add tequila and orange juice into a shaker, add ice, and shake. Pour into a champagne flute and add grenadine slowly. Top with prosecco. Garnish with orange slice.

Walden Farms

Walden Farms just relaunched their amazing zero calorie, zeros fat, zero sugar and zero carbs products. These products sound too good to be true, but Walden Farms has found a way to deliver healthy and delicious dips, spreads, sauces, dressings, condiments, syrups, and coffee creamers.

For those looking to replace their favorite unhealthy dressings with guilt-free alternatives, try Walden Farm’s new Ranch Dressing, Thousand Island, or Honey Dijon. Other tasty options include their BBQ Sauce for grilling, Caramel Dip for dessert, and Alfredo Sauce, which is perfect for healthy family dinners. Walden Farms helps customers find nutritious options that don’t compromise taste.

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Mighty Sesame Co. Tahini

Mighty Sesame Co. offers delicious, healthy, creamy tahini. Their newest launch includes the spicy Harissa tahini favor. Tahini can be used on and in so many recipes, such as in vinaigrettes, dressings, and truffles. With a variety of options– from organic tahini, to whole seed tahini to harissa tahini– customers are sure to love this nutrient-dense, high protein sesame paste.

For those looking to stock up on Might Sesame Co’s deliciousness, the company offers the classic Tahini tub. For no-mess meal prep and easy storage, squeeze-able tahini in a bottle is available. Mighty Sesame Co. ensures that their products are sustainably sourced from Ethiopia.

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Andrew & Everett Cheese

Andrew & Everett offers all natural, anti-biotic free, non-cloned sourced cheese. Their American cheese stands apart from other brands with it’s uncompromised quality and taste. Customers can order cheese shredded, pre-sliced, grated, or in bricks. The company also offers butter and seasonal cheese balls.

All of the milk in the company’s cheese is sourced from self-sustaining, family-run farms in America’s heartland– promising consumers with high-quality cheese from free range, grass fed cows. Andrew & Everett products are produced in a gluten free facility and contain no preservatives, binders, or fillers.

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Indigo Wild Clothing Biodegradable Apparel

Indigo Wild Clothing creates biodegradable clothing and swimwear that is revolutionizing the fashion industry. The brand‘s unique fabric decomposes in less than five years, while most swimwear sits in a landfill for 40–200 years. Indigo Wild Clothing’s fabrics leaves zero chemicals or microplastics behind. Their brand produces zero waste and uses only biodegradable packaging materials.

Indigo Wild’s bathing suits are made for those with active, on the go lifestyles. These handmade, Hawaiian suits are becoming increasingly popular, and were recently showcased at Miami Swim Week 2021. Indigo Wild Clothing’s suits are priced at $65.00, and consumers will feel good knowing that their money is going towards an innovative and eco-friendly brand.

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The Murder of Fort Hood Soldier, Vanessa Guillen

By Emmet McGeown


“How can this happen on a military base? How can this happen while she was on duty? How can this just happen and then let it go under the rug like it was nothing?” These were the words of Mayra Guillen, sister of Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, who has been missing for months and is now confirmed dead.  

On April 22nd, Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old Hispanic Small Arms and Artillery Repairer, went missing. She was last seen alive at a parking lot at squadron headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. For months, Pfc. Guillen’s family held out hope that their beloved was still alive, yet the discovery of remains near the Leon River, north of Austin, has vanquished that hope. While the FBI is still awaiting a positive DNA analysis, the family believes that the remains belong to Vanessa.  

Yet, this story does not begin with her disappearance nor does it end with her death. Prior to her vanishing, Pfc. Guillen, according to her sisters, was having difficulties with sexual harassment while stationed at Fort Hood, outside Killeen, Texas. The attorney representing the family in the case revealed that Guillen had confided to her sisters and several other soldiers that a superior had walked in on her while taking a shower and that he proceeded to sit down and watch her. Other relatives and Pfc. Guillen’s boyfriend have noted on social media that something is “not right” and that Vanessa felt unsafe at the military base.  

However, during a press conference on Thursday, July 2nd, senior special agent for the Fort Hood Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), Damon Phelps, reported that there was no evidence backing the claim that she had been sexually harassed. He affirmed that “there has been no information — and we have interviewed hundreds of people… There is no credible information about that.” Despite this rebut by CID, family attorney, Natalie Khawam said, in an interview with PEOPLE, that she believes Pfc. Guillens was sexually harassed by Spc. Aaron David Robinson.

Spc. Robinson was the leading suspect in Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance, and as authorities caught up with him on Tuesday evening, he shot himself. It has since been revealed that Robinson was, in fact, responsible for the murder of Pfc. Guillen’s. Guillen’s was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in the armory where she worked, according to the family’s attorney. They made this discovery through an extensive investigation, in which witnesses divulged that they saw Robinson transporting a large box labelled “very heavy in weight.”

Then, after consenting to an examination of his cellphone records, court documents reveal, it was discovered that Robinson made several phone-calls to his girlfriend Cecily Aguilar on the night of Apri 22nd and into the early hours of the April 23rd. After being interviewed multiple times, Aguilar finally told investigators that her boyfriend had murdered Guillen. She also revealed how she and her boyfriend had met up and dismembered Guillen’s body together with a “hatchet or machete type knife” and, after attempting to set her corpse on fire, buried Guillen’s body parts in three different holes. Texas Rangers have since arrested Aguilar and she now faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  

The issue of sexual harassment within the Army remains a problem in this case, given that Guillen’s family, according to their attorney, claimed that Vanessa was planning on reporting Robinson the day after she was murdered, and had delayed over fear of reprisal and inaction. Yet the Army says there exists no credible evidence that she was sexually harassed before her disappearance, and in a statement from the Fort Hood Press Center, officials said that the criminal investigation “has not found any connection between sexual harassment and Vanessa’s disappearance.” They plan to continue their investigation in light of new revelations. 

Lupe Guillen, another sister of Vanessa’s, told NPR that her sister wanted to be in the military since she was a little girl, “she wanted to be a fighter. She wanted to be a hero. She wanted to be someone in life. … The military failed her.

The family is now pushing for legislation to create an independent agency for soldiers who are victims of sexual harassment and assault. 

After a year Vanessa’s fiancé speaks out claiming “They failed us,” see the full ABC interview here.

For more updated information and to read other statements from family and friends click here.

It has been a year since Vanessa’s body was found and her family members, friends, and fellow military members still have many unanswered questions. While it is assumed that Vanessa’s killer was one of another soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, Aaron Robinson, the army is still investigating. Her fiancé spoke to ABC last week, discussing his anger and frustration at the lack of answers and closure he, her family and friends have. Many are upset with how the Army handled the situation and investigation. Interrogating her friends instead of going after Robinson, who many suspected from the beginning.

Her family now hopes that the “I Am Vanessa Guillen” bill, which will make sexual harassment a crime in military law will be approved and help prevent other soldiers from being harassed while defending their country, and other families from feeling the loss they do.

Stay tuned to 360 Magazine for more updates and links to current articles and videos.

ABC will also be airing coverage every week until someone is convicted.

Huntington Beach image Photo Credit Gus Martinez via Henry Eshelman at platformgrp for use by 360 Magazine

Huntington Beach Independence Day Celebration

Huntington Beach Gears Up for Surf City Dreamin’ 117th Annual Independence Day Celebration from July 2-4

The Celebration will Feature Neighborhood Car Parades, Fireworks Over the Ocean, Virtual and In-Person 5K Run, Pier Plaza Festival, and Home/Business Decorating Contests

117 years ago, the city of Huntington Beach hosted its first 4th of July celebration. The city has since grown into a world-class destination, yet its small town sensibilities and rich history continue to take center stage during our Annual 4th of July celebration.

This year’s celebration will be held from July 2–4, 2021, and has been modified to adhere to statewide COVID-19 guidelines that may be in place at that time. Festivities include neighborhood car parades, an outdoor pier plaza festival, socially distanced and virtual Surf City 5k runs, and home/business decorating contests. The events will be capped off with an incredible firework show over the Pacific Ocean.

“There’s no better place to celebrate the 4th of July than Huntington Beach,” says Mayor Kim Carr. “Our residents truly embrace the spirit of independence, and we invite the community to come out and take part in the modified celebration. We have something for everyone and look forward to celebrating with you this year.”

June 1-30 – Annual Home and Business Decorating Contest

Our 4th of July festivities are well underway, as local residents and businesses begin decorating for the Annual Home and Business Decorating Contest. Entries will be accepted through June 30. To submit an entry, visit HERE. All entries will be featured on HB 4th of July’s social media and website (@HB4thofJuly). For those who may wish to donate in-kind prizes and inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email Stacey Newton.

July 2-4 – The Pier Plaza Festival

This year, Pier Plaza Festival features crafts and merchant vendor booths, food trucks, an all-new 12,000 square foot beer & wine garden (with a prime view of the fireworks show), live entertainment and radio broadcasts, prize giveaways, amusements and a carnival with rides and 80-foot diameter ferris wheel. Sign up to sponsor and receive updates HERE.

July 4 – Surf City Run 5K (in-person and virtual)

This year’s in-person 5K Run is a marathon-qualifying event that will take runners through Huntington Central Park–the largest city-owned park in Orange County, which covers over 350 acres of land. The event will feature staggered start times to offer a socially distanced experience. Organizers have also developed a virtual race for runners who prefer to compete in their own time and comfort level. The City encourages runners to register now to secure early-bird pricing and to attend the runners’ expo and bib pick-up event on July 3. For more info, visit HERE.

July 4 – Neighborhood Car Parade

Drivers, start your engines!  At 8:00 am, the Huntington Beach 4th of July Neighborhood Car Parade will split into three procession, winding through local neighborhoods and finishing at the Pier Plaza parking lot, where a number of the cars will remain on display throughout the day. Participating vehicles include the GHOSTBUSTERS “ambulance;” Disney character car Lightning McQueen; Herbie the Love Bug; a double-decker London Transport bus; boat-towing monster trucks and more. Detailed parade routes will be published HERE. Visit the site to inquire about driving a family, athlete or a dignitary in a parade car.

July 4 – Fireworks Show and Condor Squadron Flyover! 

And finally, the main event. The Condor Squadron Flyover and aerial acrobatics will start at approximately 5:25PM. Beginning at about 8:50PM, a world-class fireworks extravaganza will ignite over the Huntington Beach with a patriotic soundtrack accompaniment is to broadcast live. The fireworks show will put the exclamation mark on a weekend of celebrations, widely known as the largest of such west of the Mississippi.

Note Regarding COVID-19

The City of Huntington Beach will continually monitor statewide reopening guidance and implement any that are required to safely host the 4th of July Celebrations. All updates will be available HERE.

Pacific Paradise Pools has joined Huntington Beach as the event’s first major sponsor. They have developed a reputation for backyard design excellence as an award-winning swimming pool builder in OC. Founded in 1984 by Huntington Beach native Rich Tonti, Pacific Paradise Pools remains family-owned and operated, and committed to honest hard work, integrity, efficiency, and above all, fun.

*Photo Credit: Gus Martinez

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, Fireworks

4th of July Violence Across America

By Eamonn Burke

This year’s Fourth of July, while stifled by the coronavirus concerns and pleas from officials to stay in, was still a violent one.

39 people were shot in New York City on the night of July Fourth, including three confirmed deaths. All three victims were in their 20s, and two were in Harlem; the other in Brooklyn. One of the deaths, a 23 year old man, was the result of a party and the product of much confusion amidst fireworks. “You didn’t know where it was coming from because they were running this way and that way,” said a witness.

Among the other non-fatal violence was a 34 year old woman struck by a haywire bullet while walking her dog in the Bronx, a group of four men and one woman shot in Manhattan, and a man walking in Brooklyn with a friend who was shot and killed. Additionally, there were 13 reported stabbings in the city that night. The violent night comes after an overall above average level of violence in the city throughout the month of June.

Chicago saw an even bloodier night, as 67 people were shot over the weekend, killing 13. Two of the dead were children, 7 and 14, prompting a statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot:

“As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence.”

The death of the teen late Saturday resulted from the open fire that a group of four men unleashed on a large crowd, killing four people total. The 7 year old girl was shot in the head on the sidewalk outside a party at her grandmother’s house.

While LA seems relatively unscathed by gun violence over the holiday, the emergency services nevertheless had their hands full dealing with over 3,000 calls to the fire department, despite banning fireworks due to the coronavirus. The most severe of the cases was a fire that had engulfed an apartment complex in Northridge. The extensive use of fireworks in the city also lead to decreased air quality. It was one of worst firework cases the city had seen in years, according to air quality management executive Philip Fine.

Baltimore shootings over the weekend claimed the life of one in a double shooting, shortly after a quadruple shooting injured four more, and two other unrelated shootings, bringing the total injured to eight.

A family of five was shot in Detroit, killing the 39 year old mother and injuring four others. Two shootings injured four people in Philadelphia on Saturday night, and more violence followed on Sunday, including a six year old boy who died. A child is in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Louis, and an eight year old girl was shot and injured in Cleveland. A nightclub shooting in Greenville left two people dead and injured eight others.

So far, no arrests have been made in the wake of any of these shootings.

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, Independence Day Drink

Independence Day D’USSE Cocktails

D’USSE Cognac should be top-of-mind for the Fourth of July holiday. Below is the cocktail recipe for a refreshing summer sipper that’s perfect to make this Independence Day weekend, called the D’USSE Watermelon Spritz.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 parts D’USSE VSOP
  • 0.5 part Aperol
  • 2 parts fresh watermelon juice
  • 0.5 part simple syrup
  • 0.5 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1 part Sparkling Wine

Garnish

  • ​Watermelon ball skewer & orange peel

Method

Add D’USSE, Aperol, watermelon juice, simple syrup and lemon juice into a shaker with ice.  Shake and strain into an ice filled wine glass.  Top with Sparkling Wine.  Garnish with a watermelon ball skewer and orange peel.

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Bertie’s Bear Gulch

4th of July Cocktails

Looking for the perfectly refreshing cocktails to sip while watching the fireworks this Fourth of July? Bertie’s Bear Gulch offers the perfect whiskey and bourbon for your summer cocktails! From thyme, to blackberries, to prosecco, here are three delicious and unique drinks to enjoy poolside this weekend.

Bertie’s Berry Smash

  • 2 ounces Bertie’s Bear Gulch whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon
  • 3/4 ounce thyme syrup
  • 4 drops Fee Brother’s orange bitters
  • 2 strawberries (sliced & muddled)
  • Strawberry for garnish
  • Thyme for garnish

Skinny Liberty Amaretto Sour

  • 1.5 oz of Bertie’s Bear Gulch Bourbon
  • 1 oz of Amaretto Liquor
  • 2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz of agave syrup

Bertie’s Bramble

  • 1.25 oz Saint Liberty Bertie’s Bear Gulch Bourbon
  • .5 oz fresh Yuzu or lemon juice
  • .75 Blackberry syrup
  • 2 oz Prosecco
  • 2 Fresh or frozen blackberries for garnish
Bertie’s Bear Gulch, 360 Magazine
Bertie’s Bear Gulch, 360 Magazine