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Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, November 6

When Robert Carter of Cincinnati, Ohio, was 12 years old, he entered the foster system — and struggled as he was separated from his eight siblings.
Now 29 years old, Robert has been active in the foster system — this time as a parent. Back in 2018, he became a foster parent to three brothers. And, it didn’t take long to learn that these boys had two sisters.
That news inspired Robert to dedicate himself to reuniting the five siblings.
Well, he did it. After successfully bringing the five kids back together, Robert took the extra — important — step and adopted all of them as his own.
Because of Robert’s selflessness and sacrifice, Marionna, Robert Jr., Makayla, Giovanni and Kiontae — with ages ranging from four to 10 — will have a chance to grow up together and always be by each other’s sides.

The Daily Dish – Friday, November 6

Spoiler alert for those of you Bachelorette watchers… the huge Claire Crawley bombshell has ended in an engagement.
She quit early because she had eyes only for former NFL player Dale Moss. He got down on one knee to propose to Clare.
She said, (quote) “You’ve shown me that you’d never run away and never leave me. I’ve never, ever had a man that would stay. You continue to show up for me. I promise you, I want to show up for you each and every single day. You make me so happy.”
Paparazzi photographed Clare shopping this week in her Sacramento, California hometown wearing that huge diamond engagement ring.
On last night’s Bachelorette, Clare swore on her dad’s grave that she did not have “one single contact” with Dale in advance of the show. She addressed finding Dale as the “love of her life” with the other men, who felt blindsided and cheated. (Entertainment Tonight)

Michael J. Fox reveals that his acting career is in jeopardy.
The actor, who suffers from Parkinson’s, tells People magazine he’s been having trouble remembering his lines because his “short-term memory is shot.”
He admits, “I always had a real proficiency for lines and memorization. And I had some extreme situations where the last couple of jobs I did were actually really word-heavy parts. I struggled during both of them.”
With acting becoming more difficult, Fox is dedicating more of his time to writing. His fourth memoir, No Time Like the Future, publishes November 17th.
He’ll also reunite with the Family Ties cast. Fox (Alex P. Keaton), Meredith Baxter (Elyse Keaton), Michael Gross (Steven Keaton), Tina Yothers (Jennifer Keaton), Marc Price (Skippy) and Scott Valentine (Nick Moore) will appear on the live-stream series Stars in the House on Tuesday to talk about the classic sitcom.

OK! magazine says Simon Cowell is walking again following his bike accident and subsequent back surgery. A source tells the magazine, “Simon was walking around looking energetic and perfectly happy/ Even though Simon was clearly taking it easy, he seemed to be in great spirits. He’s found the rehabilitation process difficult, especially since it’s meant a prolonged absence from his job. Thankfully, he’s over the worst of it now, and everyone’s delighted to see him back on his feet.’’

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, November 6

TODAY IS: National Nachos Day: A good day for some tortilla chips and melted cheese.

How much time would you say you’ve spent on the couch since March? A new survey found that, since March, the average American spent an extra two hours a day sitting on their couch — or 448 hours in the past 32 weeks. And of the respondents working from home, 61% say they are using their couch as their workstation.

Have we hit comfort food overload? According to a new report by the CDC, more Americans are dieting right now than ever before. According to the report, more women than men said they were dieting and more people 40 and over said they were on a diet. (Eat This, Not That)

The nose knows … What’s your biggest first-date pet peeve? According to a survey by dating site Zoosk, for women their biggest first date pet peeve is a guy who smells. 45% of women surveyed said bad body odor was their biggest first-date turn-off. That was followed by a guy who spends too much time on his phone. That was an annoyance for 22% of the single women surveyed.
Guys had similar complaints – but flipped. 55% said their biggest first-date turnoff was someone who spends way too much time looking at her phone, and 21% said a date who didn’t smell nice was a deal-breaker. (Your Tango)

Fortune Magazine says AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine could be ready by the end of 2020. AstraZeneca’s CEO Pascal Soriot tells the magazine, “At the end of the day, we don’t yet know if the vaccine works. We would hope that large-scale vaccinations would be possible starting in January next year—possibly even December.”

Music News – Friday, November 6

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are in wedding-planning mode. But the ceremony and reception won’t be a big, splashy affair.
A source close to Gwen tells People, “Neither wants a big wedding.” The guest list will likely include a small group of family and close friends.
Though no date has been announced, the wedding is likely to be soon.

Justin Bieber tells Rolling Stone magazine that he used to perform on the streets to make money. “I sang ‘I’ll Be,’ by Edwin McCain; ‘You and Me’ by Lifehouse; ‘U Got It Bad,’ by Usher; and ‘Cry Me a River.’ I’d make $200 a day. My mom and I went on vacation to Disneyland with the money I made.”

Matthew McConaughey tells Entertainment Tonight that his kids freaked out when they discovered he had Shawn Mendes’s phone number. “He reached out a while back and we’ve stayed in contact and will continue to. My kids have seen him and know his music and et cetera. They’re like, ‘You got his number? You got his number?’ And they’re like, ‘No, no, no. Not yet. I got to think about what I want to say.”

The Daily Dish – Thursday, November 5

Britney Spears has had enough of her father.
After trying to make him a co-conservator, the pop singer now wants him completely out of her business affairs, TMZ reports.
Brit made the decision after her manager unexpectedly quit at the end of October — and Jamie hired a new one without telling her.
She’s filed court papers demanding that the Bessemer Service Trust become her sole conservator — and that Jamie Spears be removed entirely from the conservatorship, which she’s been under since her infamous mental breakdown in 2007.

Lori Loughlin is five days into her two-month prison sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal and hasn’t been handling it well, according to sources close to her.
The 56-year-old actress reported to federal prison in Dublin, California last Friday and a source tells Us Weekly that she has been “a wreck” so far. The source added, “Lori tried her best to be brave and look at the end result but there was nothing that could dissipate her fears. It’s only two months but she’s dreading it. Her mind keeps telling her that something will go horribly wrong in prison or that her stay could be prolonged.”
Another source says, “Lori really went into prison strong, she had her faith and the support of her family, but the first few days and road ahead are daunting.” Loughlin is doing time at the same minimum security facility that Felicity Huffman served her sentence in. Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli is expected to begin serving his five-month sentence on November 19th.

Woman’s Day magazine says Jennifer Aniston is allegedly worried about what Matthew Perry will reveal in his upcoming memoir. A source tells the magazine, “She’s worried Matthew will reveal how flirty she was with him on set, even while she was married to Brad Pitt. Jen also managed to keep rumors of an affair with Matt Le Blanc out of the media, but a book might bring that all up. She knew how much Matthew wanted their on-screen romance to translate to off screen. Their close relationship is still a bone of contention with her fiancé, even though Courtney insists nothing ever happened. She fears that Matthew might say something did, even if it only sells copies. Jen and Courtney have begged her to be the go-between for them and Matthew. If it gets off the ground, this book could end in him being cut out of the fold.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, November 5

TODAY IS:
National Men Make Dinner Day
National Doughnut Day
National Love Your Red Hair Day

The results are in … for Election Night Google searches. Seems there were three things lots of people were Googling on Election night: “Liquor near me,” Fries near me,” and “Moving to Canada.”

Have you noticed you’re shedding more hair than usual? You’re not alone. According to medical experts, people have been reporting increased hair loss since the beginning of the pandemic … and it has nothing to do with contracting coronavirus. The cause? Stress. Doctors call it “shock hair loss,” but, thankfully, it’s completely reversible. The solution is to lower your stress levels. Yeah, we know – easier said than done. But eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and making time to relax and tune out for a while go a long way in helping to reduce anxiety. (Real Simple)

The world’s first flying car — the PAL-V Liberty — is now street legal in Europe. It’s a two-seat, three-wheeled, 100-horsepower machine that can reach a top speed of 100 miles per hour on the road and a top speed of 112 in the air.
Unfortunately, it requires a 540 feet runway to take-off, which means when you’re stuck in traffic with this thing, you’re still stuck — wings or no wings. (Science Times)

The Washington Post says cruise ships won’t start sailing again in U.S. waters with passengers until 2021 because of the coronavirus. Carnival, Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean are part of a coalition that has agreed not to sale because of covid-19

A French bulldog has been elected mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. Wilbur garnered 13,143 votes. The Rabbit Hash Historical Society holds elections for canine mayors every three years as a fundraiser. This year, they raised $13,156

Music News – Thursday, November 5

A study conducted in Germany may have pointed a way for concerts to resume during the pandemic.
On August 22nd, German musician Tim Bendzko performed in front of 1200 fans at Leipzig Arena in Leipzig, Germany with a wide set of safety protocols in place. Researchers found that the risk of the coronavirus spreading at similar events was “low to very low” if the protocols include “adequate ventilation, strict hygiene protocols and limited capacity.”
However, the study has yet to be peer reviewed, and the New York Times reports: “Some experts expressed skepticism about the results, saying they needed to be replicated and reviewed, and that more information was needed about how researchers used the modeling.”
Fans and production staff volunteered to take part in the study, and all were tested before going inside the arena. Each person was given a hand disinfectant laced with a florescent dye and a digital location tracker. Different social-distancing scenarios were employed over a 10-hour period, including breaks for fans to go to the bathroom and to simulate buying food and drinks.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello just confirmed they’re definitely still “on” as a couple — by showing off pictures of a puppy they just adopted.
The couple shared an adorable video showing them driving home with the Golden Retriever pup, who seems to have a whole lotta love for Camila, judging by all that licking. For the record, they’ve named him Tarzan.
Tarzan joins the three other dogs Camila keeps at her family home in Miami — a Shih Tzu named Leo, a Chihuahua named Eugene, and a black German Shepherd they call Thunder.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, November 4

Cathy Herman-Harsh of Chester County, Pennsylvania, has become known in her community as the “pet finder” because she’s able to track down dogs and cats when they go missing.
She admits that finding a lost animal takes persistence. And, it requires doing things that don’t seem right. Instead of running through the woods, chasing a pet and calling its name — which seem to never work — Cathy has other tricks that include luring the pets with lots of food, not making eye contact and scattering clothing that has the owner’s or pet’s scent.
Cathy explains that “every search is different,” but the rewards are great as it’s “an incredible feeling being able to help a distraught pet owner get their baby back.”

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, November 4

Celebrities made a point on social media to highlight the fact they voted. Many encouraged their millions of followers to go to the polls. These A-listers lost their voting virginity:
Selena Gomez confessed to skipping previous elections. Now 28 years old, she realized that “my vote counts.” Selena’s healthcare options could be limited if pre-existing conditions are not protected.
Kanye West at age 43 wrote his name in for president of the United States. He stated on social media, (quote) “Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it’s for someone I truly trust … me.”
Meghan Markle became the “first modern royal member to vote in the U.S. presidential election.”
Ryan Reynolds acquired dual Canadian-USA citizen two years ago. He said last month. (quote) “This is my first time voting in America. It was super scary at first, then exciting and now I’m a little tired. But proud.”

Celebrity chef and Food Network star Guy Fieri is the star of a new video game that gives him the task of saving the world — the world of Flavortown, that is. You can check out Once Upon a Time in Flavortown on YouTube.

Hollywoodlife.com says Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani plan to marry in 2021. A source tells the website, “The goal for Blake and Gwen would be to get married after COVID so they have a chance to celebrate with everyone they want there. Planning is already taking place and the dream would be later next year [2021], when hopefully everyone is out of this COVID mess, or it is at least more contained.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, November 4

TODAY IS:
  • National Stress Awareness Day: A day to breathe and take it easy, even if the currently undecided election results are consuming you!
  • National Candy Day: Which is odd, given that Halloween seems like National Candy Day…

A new study found that adults will ask for help and advice more than 6,000 times in their life. In a typical week, the average adult will ask for help or advice twice – 104 times a year. According to the research, here’s who people are likely to turn to for different help and advice:
  • Help with relationship advice — Friends
  • Help with moving — Dad
  • Help with gardening — Partner/spouse
  • Help with finances — Dad
  • Help with career advice – Partner/spouse
  • Help with cooking — Mom
  • Help with technology — Partner/spouse
  • Help with fixing/buying a car — Dad
  • Help with health issues — Mom
  • Help with parenting advice — Mom
  • Help with fashion advice – Friends (SWNS)

So, apparently, there’s a reason you instantly get in a better mood when your favorite song comes on the radio. Researchers in France say your brain goes into “pleasure overload” when your favorite song starts playing.

There’s always that one person who’s impossible to buy a gift for during the holiday season, but thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Gift Guide, you’re saved! This year, in addition to a candle that smells like a va-jay-jay you can also give your loving friends and family a coloring book of the female anatomy. Your nearest and dearest will either get a good laugh out of your gift choice, or a much-needed lesson in the female reproductive system. (She Knows)

Zoom meetings have become the norm these days – and an unexpected result is an increase in demand for cosmetic procedures. Plastic surgeons are calling this the Zoom Effect. People aren’t liking the way they look on video calls, so they are going in for procedures from Botox and fillers to liposuction. (The Ladders) Wouldn’t it just be cheaper to start applying Instagram and Snapchat filters to Zoom calls?

Music News – Wednesday, November 4

Remember Kelly Clarkson‘s “amicable” split from hubby Brandon Blackstock? Well, it’s not so amicable anymore.
According to OK! magazine, things started to get ugly when Kel’s former manager, who happens to be Brandon’s dad, sued her for $1.4 million in allegedly unpaid fees. A pal of Kelly’s says, “The lawsuit really took the wind out of Kelly. She was with them for 13 years and made the company so much money. Now it feels like they’re going after her life savings.”
The spy adds that she’s ready to fight on all fronts. “If Brandon thinks he’s got the upper hand with this lawsuit and that he can get more money out of her in the divorce, he can think again. Kelly’s prepared to play hardball in court and drag out his dirty laundry on her daytime talk show, too. There will be no gagging her.”

It’s all about that blue for Meghan Trainor — who’s just revealed that she’s expecting a baby boy.
She tells Entertainment Tonight that she was positive that she was carrying a baby girl, until her doc delivered the news. Meghan says, “I spent so long where I’m like ‘it,’ or ‘baby,’ and I didn’t know when I could say it, but, it’s a boy.”
And Meghan has learned to dismiss those old wives’ tales. “So, there’s all these myths of, oh, if the heartbeat is really fast, it’s a girl, and if your hips are the first to go out, then it’s a girl, and so I was like, ‘It’s a girl.’ Like, I got it. I was so confident, and then when [the doctor] called us and I was like, ‘OK, tell us,’ and she’s like, ‘What do you think it is?’ And my husband is like, ‘A girl.’ And she’s like, ‘Actually, it’s a boy.'”
Meghan’s due date is in early February.

And, in case you’re in the market for a mansion, Realtor.com says Justin Bieber is selling his Beverly Hills home for $9 million. He bought the home last year for $8.5 million. The home has five bedrooms, a theatre, a wine cellar, a bar, a fireplace, a pool and a cabana.

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, November 3

Harrison Ford has paid tribute to his on-screen father, Sean Connery, who died Saturday at age 90.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Harrison said, “He was my father…not in life…but in Indy 3. You don’t know pleasure until someone pays you to take Sean Connery for a ride in the sidecar of a Russian motorcycle bouncing along a bumpy, twisty mountain trail and getting to watch him squirm. God we had fun — if he’s in heaven, I hope they have golf courses. Rest in peace dear friend.”
In a making-of featurette, director Steven Spielberg said casting Dr. Jones’s father in 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was simple. “There is only one option when it comes to playing Indy’s father and that is James Bond. The original James Bond, the great James Bond: Sean Connery.”
Of Connery’s death, Indiana Jones co-creator George Lucas said, “Sir Sean Connery, through his talent and drive, left an indelible mark in cinematic history. His audiences spanned generations, each with favorite roles he played. He will always hold a special place in my heart as Indy’s dad. With an air of intelligent authority and sly sense of comedic mischief, only someone like Sean Connery could render Indiana Jones immediately into boyish regret or relief through a stern fatherly chiding or rejoiceful hug. I’m thankful for having had the good fortune to have known and worked with him. My thoughts are with his family.”

Britain’s High Court ruled yesterday morning against Johnny Depp in his libel suit against British newspaper The Sun.
The judge wrote that the tabloid published a “substantially true” article calling Depp a “wife beater.” Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard testified in court that Johnny beat her when they were married. She photographed her bruised face to prove it. Depp dubbed that stunt a “choreographed hoax.” His attorneys called Amber Heard a “compulsive liar.”
The three-week libel trial featured “sordid and salacious testimony” ranging from accusations of vengeful bedroom pooping, unfaithfulness, “deep misogyny,” gold-digging, drug and alcohol abuse plus screeds written on mirrors in blood. (The Guardian)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, November 3

TODAY IS:
Election Day: Many companies are offering freebies and discounts to help you get through the day. Here are just some of them:
  • Krispy Kreme is giving away glazed doughnuts and a voting sticker.
  • McDonald’s is giving away new pastry items with the purchase of coffee.
  • Planet Fitness is offering a way to work off the election stress with a free workout and massage.
  • Uber and Lyft are offering discounted rides to the polls.
  • Hertz is giving a free day for a rental car “to perform your civic duty.”
  • Door Dash will have free delivery on all orders of at least $15 placed on Election Day.
  • Chili’s is offering their Presidente margaritas for just $5 (USA Today)

As we reported yesterday, lots of people expect today to be the most stressful day of their lives. And new research from the American Psychological Association seems to confirm that. Their research found that 68% of Americans say the 2020 election is a significant source of stress in their lives — up from 52% in 2016. And it seems the stress is equally felt, regardless of party – 76% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans and 64% of Independents said they had stress related to the election. (NBC)

Well, we now know what has helped us get through this pandemic … butter. Land O’Lakes says their butter sales will likely be up 20% this year over a normal year. And with all the baking, home cooking, and comfort food eating we’ve been doing, we can’t say it’s a surprise. (Food & Wine)

Sick of working from home? Some Marriott hotels are offering “day passes” for members of their Bonvoy travel program. You’ll get a hotel room from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., a desk area and wifi, coffee, water and room service – and you can even use hotel perks like gyms and pools – depending on the location. Currently, Marriott is offering the day pass package at hotels in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Phoenix, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Singapore and Toronto. They have plan to add more locations in the near future. (NY Post)

A great reason to grab the remote … New research has found that couples who watch TV and movies together are closer and have better relationships. So if you’re arguing more these days, just grab the remote and snuggle up. (People)

Music News – Tuesday, November 3

Mariah Carey pulled a Halloween-worthy trick on fans over the weekend — by using creepy images to hint at that she has a Christmas announcement coming … eventually.
Mimi’s ornate post begins with a horror-movie styled door featuring dripping blood, handprints and the words “not yet.” It opens to show Mariah looking festive in front of a Christmas tree while “All I Want for Christmas Is You” plays in the background.
The kicker? She stopped short of a big reveal, saying “IT’S TIME! (But let’s get through Thanksgiving first)”

Taylor Swift just took the time to pay tribute to a seriously ill eight-year-old British fan and her dad — who literally walked the walk to raise funds for the girl’s illness.
Taylor made a cameo at the Pride of Britain awards to single out Hasti Brannigan, an eight-year-old who suffers from Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, a condition that causes stunted growth and serious bone abnormalities. Hasti’s dad, known as “Major Chris,” walked 750 miles for the cause — and he did it barefoot while carrying a 30-pound backpack.
The Hope For Hasti Just Giving page has raised nearly one million dollars. You can donate here.

Back when Justin Bieber was a tabloid troublemaker in public, he was a depressed dude in private — so much so that he considered suicide.
In the latest episode of his YouTube series, Next Chapter, Justin opened up about his darkest days. He says, “There were so many people that were just so mean. Random people saying like, ‘You suck! You look like a girl!’ I  would shake it off like it didn’t bother me but that stuff bothered me and it affected how I acted and how I treated people.”
The “Intentions” singer continued, “It was so consistent, the pain was so consistent. There was times where I was really, really suicidal.” He concluded by urging followers to seek help if they get to that point.

The Daily Dish – Monday, November 2

Sir Sean Connery‘s wife has revealed that the actor suffered from dementia before his death at age 90 on Saturday.
In an interview with the Mail on SundayMicheline Roquebrune said, “It was no life for him. He was not able to express himself latterly.” She added that the affliction “took its toll on him”
Micheline said her husband “got his final wish to slip away without any fuss… I was with him all the time and he just slipped away. It was what he wanted.”
The couple had been married since 1975.
Regarding the news of his passing, the internet lit up with tributes, including from current James Bond Daniel Craig said in a statement: “It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”
Pierce Brosnan, who played Bond in five movies, said, “Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself. You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor that will live on forever. You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role. You were mighty in every way, as an actor and as a man, and will remain so till the end of time. You were loved by the world, and will be missed. God bless, rest now, be at peace.”

Prince William battled the coronavirus earlier this year but kept his diagnosis a secret to avoid alarming the public.
Britain’s Sun newspaper reports the 38-year-old royal “struggled to breathe” while he fought the virus back in April.
William reportedly tested positive only days after his father, Prince Charles, also tested positive in late March. It’s not known if any other royals got the virus. During a royal engagement, William reportedly said, “There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone.”
A source says the Duke of Cambridge “was hit pretty hard by the virus.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, November 2

TODAY IS:
  • All Souls’ Day
  • Deviled Egg Day

Think you’ve reached peak stress this year? Well, apparently not. According to a new survey, that day will be tomorrow. 55% of Americans polled said Election Day 2020 will be the most stressful day of their lives. And who are the most stressed about tomorrow? Millennials (61%) and Generation X (58%).

Speaking of stress … It seems that Election Day isn’t the only thing giving people anxiety. A survey by HelloFresh found that 53% of respondents say Thanksgiving will be twice as stressful this year because of coronavirus. Seems people are worried about everything from how they are spending the day, to cooking on their own for the first time, to pressure to make things extra perfect. (SWNS)

Since COVID started, virtual dating has gone up 36% — and 60% of video daters say they enjoy the “new dating normal.” In fact, 25% said they would continue to virtual date even when the pandemic ends. So, how long does it take to know if you have chemistry with someone on a virtual date? 30 seconds. Yep, a new study by Virgin Media found that online daters say they can tell if they have a spark with someone just 30 seconds into a video call. (SWNS)

Shaking hands with people has stopped because of coronavirus, but do you think the practice will be gone for good? A YouGov poll asked: “Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, do you think you will shake hands?” 46% said yes, 26% said no, and 28% weren’t sure.

And, how was the Halloween candy haul for your kids, if they did go trick or treating this past weekend? Perhaps it’s nothing compared to this story. The Asbury Park Press newspaper says four children from Toms River, New Jersey won 1,200 pounds of Halloween candy from the TV show ”Wonderama.” A dump truck delivered the candy to the O’Sullivan children … Sadie, 9, Aiden, 9, Kenley, 7, and Maybre, 5. The foursome won the show’s costume contest with a variety of outfits.

Music News – Monday, November 2

The annual Jingle Ball holiday concerts won’t be dashing through the snow from city to city this year — but it’ll still bring the stars out to shine.
Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, and Shawn Mendes are among the artists who’ll take part in this year’s edition of the holiday spectacular. The show will feature from-home performances by those stars, as well as looks inside their personal holiday traditions.
The event will go out on the CW network app on December 10th, and will air on the CW television network on December 14th. In addition, The CW will televise a one-hour Jingle Ball Greatest Moments special, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the event, on December 3rd.

Sam Smith tells NME magazine that their favorite place to be is on stage. Sam says, “I’m insecure. I think I’m an attention-seeker – obviously, because if you wanna stand on stage and sing in front of that many people, there’s something missing. Like a hole inside. When I’m onstage, I feel fulfilled. I feel really content. And when I’m offstage, something leaves and I don’t know what it is. The saddest moments in my life are when I walk offstage after a show.” Sam has been busy lately, premiering a new album and performing on various late night shows and virtual platforms.

The Daily Dish – Friday, October 30

An ABC executive admitted that they cast the wrong Bachelorette. Rather than Clare Crawley quitting after finding the love of her life, the producers shoved her out because she became boring.
Clare Crawley will be replaced by Tayshia Adams in next week’s episode, which is pre-empted by the election. It airs on Thursday, November 5th.
Last Tuesday’s episode featured a group date where Clare refused to hand out a rose. That was the aha moment for producers that Clare needed to be replaced. Rob Mills said on the Nick Viall Files podcast, (quote) “When she didn’t give out that rose and she just gave it to herself, that was really when we started making the call to replace her.”
Tayshia Adams answered the production team’s emergency call and quietly began to quarantine before Clare was forced to leave The Bachelorette. (New York Post)

Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live funnyman Colin Jost tied the knot this weekend in Upstate New York — and that’s no joke.
The two started dating in 2017 after they met during her hosting stint on an episode of SNL. They wed at an intimate ceremony near Scarlett’s home in Palisades, New York, attended only by family members and close friends — all of whom abided by strict COVID protocols.
The couple made the announcement through the Instagram account of Meals on Wheels America and urged fans to donate to the organization as a way of wishing them well.

Netflix and Chill just got a little more expensive. Netflix raised their monthly subscription fees.
The new price goes into effect immediately for new subscribers. Current Netflix members will be alerted in November about the fee increase. The premium plan jumped to $18 per month and the standard plan to $14.
Since the pandemic, 26 million joined Netflix, but they reported fewer new subscribers than anticipated this summer. That could have prompted the streaming company to raise fees. Yet, when they increased fees last year, the saw a spike in cancellations. (Variety)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, October 30

TODAY IS:
  • National Frankenstein Friday
  • National Candy Corn Day
Saturday Is Halloween.

Halloween costumes for pets are on the rise this year … and there’s a good reason why. Because people can’t celebrate the holiday the way they want to or are used to, they are dressing up their furry friends to bring some happiness to an otherwise stressful time. According to the National Retail Federation, sales of pet costumes are not only up this year, but many stores can’t keep dog and cat costumes on the shelves. A spokesperson for the National Retail Federation explained, “People can’t celebrate in person in the ways that they used to, so you’re seeing people try to … have a little joy and share a little joy, in a time when people are dealing with a lot of uncertainty.” (Business Insider)

This brings a whole new meaning to crawling across the finish line … 28-year-old Devon Lévesque of New Jersey will be taking on the New York City marathon this weekend in a very unusual way. He’ll be doing the whole 26.2 miles of the marathon on all fours. Yep, he’ll be bear-crawling the entire length. Devon is starting today and will end his marathon on Saturday. He’s doing it to honor his late father, who committed suicide when Devon was just 16. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through in my entire life,” he told People. “It was hard to watch because he was a happy-go-lucky person. I haven’t been able to cope with it until about 12 months ago and that is what is driving me to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention.”
Devon hopes to raise $200,000 for FitOps, a foundation that helps veterans use their fitness and leadership skills to become personal trainers. “100 percent of the funds raised will go towards the FitOps Foundation,” he says. “They’re dedicated to supporting and empowering veterans for re-acclimation [and] to raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.”  You can watch Devon’s efforts on his Instagram page.

Newser says Netflix has raised its prices. Their standard plan is going up by a dollar to $14 a month while their Premium plan is going up by two dollars to $18 per month. The new rates took effect yesterday while we were all probably busy bingwatching Stranger Things.