Charlotte and Josh from United Way of Southwest Michigan join Zack to talk about the Summer Stock-Up program, a new statewide initiative sponsored by Kellogg’s that needs your help! Get details at uwsm.org... [Read Full Story]
WORLD PET MEMORIAL DAY – It’s a holiday created by the American Veterinary Medical Association as a day to memorialize pets that have gone on to cross the rainbow bridge
NATIONAL JELLY-FILLED DONUT DAY – As of last count, Americans eat about 10 billion donuts annually. Jelly-filled donuts aren’t really ‘donuts’ since they don’t have a hole in the middle. They predate the invention of the donut by a few hundred years. The first known recipe was published in a German cookbook in 1532. Back then, sugar was expensive, so they stuffed them with meat or mushrooms instead (not great with coffee).
NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS DAY – So call up your best friends and hang out!
WORLD OCEAN DAY – Just another reminder of how much junk we put into our oceans and the negative impact humans have on marine life. The United Nations started World Ocean Day in 1992 to raise global awareness of all the ways humans benefit from the oceans and how important it is to use them sustainably.... [Read Full Story]After returning from their honeymoon, Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez enjoyed a group dinner the Hotel Bel-Air.They ate at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant. He shared a photo taken as he shared a window booth with Ari’s six guests.An insider told E! News (quote) “They were with friends and had a long dinner. They spent the entire evening at the hotel. Ari and Dalton definitely looked to be in the honeymoon phase — very giddy throughout the dinner.”This was their very first time out in public since exchanging vows last month in a private ceremony. Among her special dinner guests was former Nickelodeon star Zach Sang. (E! News)
Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Brandi Carlile and Friends star Courteney Cox teamed up to do a jokey cover of one of Sir Elton’s big hits.In the clip posted on Cox’s Instagram, they dedicated the performance of “Tiny Dancer” to her Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow. But they changed the chorus to “hold me closer Tony Danza.” And for some reason, Cox plays piano instead of Elton. Watch it on Instagram.Sheeran had Cox play piano on a video he posted last week that teased the date June 25th.Back in 1942, Grace Lee McClure Smith dropped out of high school at the age of 16, as her husband went off to fight in World War II.Since then, Grace never forgot her time in school. She worked as a bus driver for the Madison County School Systems in Alabama — and encouraged her family to continue on with their studies.At age 94, Grace finally was able to celebrate her high school graduation, thanks to her granddaughter Erin Wilson, who helped arrange the ceremony.Erin explained that her grandmother Grace didn’t regret dropping out of school, but also recognized that graduation “was very important to her.”So, Erin put the party together to make sure Grace was honored for her hard work and years of service.Grace said she was grateful to finally graduate — 79 years after leaving school to support her husband, and went further to suggest, “It’s better late than never, isn’t it?” (WTVD-TV)Meghan Markle gave birth to a baby girl on Friday.“It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world,” a statement from the couple says.The statement adds, “Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home. Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”Meghan and Harry also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.The couple also posted a personal message on their Archewell website, writing, “On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”The Royal Family, which they stepped away from last year, were all delighted by the news.Prince William and Kate Middleton said, “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.”And according to a statement issued by Buckingham Palace, “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell has been charged with child endangerment in Ohio.The actor and musician, best known for starring in Drake & Josh, has pleaded not guilty.According to BuzzFeed News, “The charges stem from a December 2017 interaction between Bell and a 15-year-old child at a Cleveland nightclub.”Tyler Sinclair, a spokesperson for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley, says, “While there, Bell violated his duty of care and, in doing so, created a risk of harm to the victim. The investigation also revealed that months leading up to the concert, Bell sent the victim inappropriate social media messages.”Prosecutors said the child filed her case in 2018, and that the investigation found the alleged victim had established a relationship with Bell “several years prior” and had attended a concert of his in December 2017.Bell, who posted a $2,500 bond Thursday, was ordered to provide a DNA specimen.
Jessica from Cornerstone Alliance tells us about the Microloan program available through the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance, which helped Driftwood Summer Shop with an expansion, including the addition of Forté Coffee! If your business needs assistance, head to cornerstonewbc.com for details.... [Read Full Story]TODAY IS:
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
National VCR Day
Thank God It’s Monday Day: Time to turn things around and celebrate Mondays instead of dreading them
Well, this will get you running to a mirror. A new study claims that people with large eye pupils are more intelligent than those with small pupils. Pupil size was monitored by an eye-tracking device while participants ran through different tests and activities. The people with larger pupils performed better in attention, memory, and reasoning tests, which the researchers think comes from better regulation of brain activity linked to intelligence and memory.
A new survey found that 69% of respondents said they can’t sleep if they know there’s a bug in their home, and 60% have even gone so far as to say that they want to burn their home down if they came across a bug. And which bugs, in particular, do people hate? 39% said they can’t stand cockroaches, followed by spiders (37%), ants (29%), mosquitos (28%), termites (28%) and ticks (25%).
Next time you’re planning on a few summer cocktails, you may want to add some asparagus to your pre-drink routine. According to new research, asparagus may prevent hangovers and even protect your liver. Your pee may smell like asparagus all night – but it seems like a small price to pay for no hangover. (Well and Good)
There’s new hope for the overweight. On Friday the FDA approved a diabetes drug as a treatment for obesity. It’s called Wegovy and it contains a synthetic gut hormone that curbs appetite. Study participants using it lost 15-percent of their body weight when combined with diet and exercise. No word yet on the cost. More than one in three Americans are considered obese.Madonna is still a daddy’s girl at heart — as she proved in a new video of her and her family celebrating his 90th birthday.Madge and the kids flew to Michigan to mark Silvio Ciccone‘s big day at the winery he runs on the shores of Lake Michigan. She captured some moments from the trip on a video, which she captioned, “He taught me the importance of hard work and earning one’s way in life. Again I thank you.”
Sure, millions of fans love Katy Perry, but she says that love is nothing compared to what she shares with daughter Daisy.The new mom talked motherhood with France’s L’Officiel magazine, saying that the feeling is nothing like anything she’d experienced before. Katy says “I’d heard about unconditional love, but now I’m really experiencing it. There’s a wholeness that has happened.”She contrasted that feeling with what she gets in the spotlight, saying “As a performer, I’ve always relied on the love and acceptance and validation of the outside world and that ultimately can waver at times, When you have a child, you have someone who looks at you and doesn’t know anything on your resume, doesn’t know anything about your bank account, doesn’t know anything, doesn’t care and just loves you.”
If you thought that having a new Debbie Gibson album was something that could happen only in your dreams, think again.The singer and actress will release The Body Remembers, her first album in 20 years, on August 20. It features 15 new songs, plus the long-awaited studio recording of the duet version of her hit “Lost in Your Eyes,” which she sings with Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block.The two former teen idols will do a mini-residency at the Sands Showroom in The Venetian Las Vegas in August and September. The newly announced September dates — September 16-19 — go on sale June 9.Debbie also pops up in the new season of Lucifer, which is streaming on Netflix now. She’s in the musical episode, “Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam,” playing the overbearing mother of a high school athlete who sings “Every Breath You Take” with star Tom Ellis.According to Billboard, Debbie’s also finishing a Christmas album and will appear in a new movie titled Class, alongside Anthony Michael Hall.
The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff returns for 2021 thanks to 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services! Tamara Paulun tells us why 1st Source got involved in this year’s Art Fair, and how you can get tickets and details at krasl.org.... [Read Full Story]In Wasilla, Alaska, a postal worker saved the day by paying for extra postage to make sure a couple’s wedding invitations were sent out on time.The bride-to-be, Crystle Lewis, thought she had put enough postage on the 50 invitations that were being sent out. But because of the fancy wax seal on the envelopes, more postage was needed.The post office informed Crystle and her fiancé that the envelopes couldn’t go out — and those envelopes remained in Crystle’s post office box.Postal worker Edward Mayton noticed, day after day, that the invitations weren’t being delivered and figured that somehow, some way, the couple didn’t get the message.So, in order to avoid a disaster and save the couple’s big day, Edward purchased extra postage out of his own pocket and got things rolling again.Crystle and her fiancé learned about Edward’s kindness later on and were thrilled that Edward helped them out. They found Edward and tried to pay him back for the additional postage, but he refused to accept any money, explaining that it’s important to simply take care of each other. (Fox News)The bartender who accused Cuba Gooding Junior of groping her has won a default judgment against the actor after he failed to respond to her lawsuit for over a year, according to Page Six.Natasha Ashworth sued Gooding in October 2019, claiming that he pinched her butt while she was serving him at a nightclub the year before.Gooding allegedly ignored her legal complaint for more than a year, so she asked for a default judgment against Gooding on the claims of assault and battery — and on Wednesday the judge granted it.A trial to determine the damages she should be awarded will be set at a later date.In recent months, at least 30 women have accused the Oscar-winner of sexual misconduct. He denies the allegations.
Sophie Turner seems to have come out of the closet.The Game of Thrones star hinted at her sexual orientation in a social media post celebrating Pride Month. She said, “Time isn’t straight and neither am I.”Fans believe this means she’s bi-sexual, since she’s married to Jonas Brothers member Joe Jonas.The new mom also included a bunch of other stickers on her Instagram Story with text saying, “BI PRIDE,” “GAY PRIDE” and “MOVE, I’M GAY.”
Production on Mission: Impossible 7 has been halted until June 14th after a positive coronavirus test on set, Variety reports. Tom Cruise can’t be happy. He made headlines in December when audio was leaked of the star freaking out after seeing two crew members standing too close to each another.
Celebrity attorney F. Lee Bailey, who defended O.J. Simpson and Patricia Hearst, has died. He was 87. (USA Today)
Kim Kardashian reveals she’ll play a poodle in the Paw Patrol movie. Kim tweeted Thursday that her character is named Delores and she urged her fans to watch the just-released trailer. The movie hits theaters August 20th.
Katrina is a 5 year old girl who is very sweet, intelligent, and fun-loving! Katrina is very kind to any human she meets, however, Katrina does not get along with other dogs. She would prefer to be the only furry friend in her new home! She’s great with children and absolutely loves to play fetch! Katrina likes to go for car rides, walks, and again, play more fetch! Katrina knows sit, shake, and is working on more commands – she is very smart and eager to learn! She would make a wonderful companion and is bound to put a smile on your face and provide lots of love! If you’re interested in meeting Katrina, start by submitting an adoption application at www.al-van.org. or call Al-Van Humane Society at 269-637-5062 to learn more about her. Katrina can’t wait to meet you!... [Read Full Story]TODAY IS:
Hug Your Cat Day
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Stubble is sexy … as long as it’s the right kind of stubble. A study from New Zealand wanted to know what facial hair on men women found most attractive. The answer: Women found men with heavy stubble on their faces the most attractive. But not all stubble is equal – the women in the study found men with light stubble to be the least attractive. Men who were clean shaven and had full beards were found to be the second most attractive, according to the study. And this is interesting … men with beards were perceived to be better parents. (Best Life)
We’ve talked about “revenge bedtime procrastination” before … but as a refresher, it’s the phenomenon of staying up late looking at TikTok videos, scrolling through Twitter, playing Words With Friends, etc. – even though you’re tired – because you want to recapture some “me time” after a long day. Well, it seems the problem is getting worse – especially as many people working from home have been working more (and longer) hours. It seems the phenomenon has become so prevalent, experts have actually identified three components that must be present to qualify your behavior as “revenge bedtime procrastination”: 1) Staying up late has to reduce your total sleep time; 2) You can’t be up late for an external reason (like taking care of a baby or because you’re not feeling well); and 3) You have to understand that staying up late will lead to negative consequences. (Self)
They’re loving. They’re adorable. And it turns out that puppies can understand you from a very young age. A new study says that by eight weeks old, they’re willing and able to lock eyes with people they don’t know and take visual cues, like if you point to their food bowl. And they can do it without any training — which suggests that they are born with innate social skills. Maybe this explains why they’re just so stinkin’ irresistible … even when they pee on the rug. (NBC News)Ed Sheeran knows you gotta have Friends — which explains why he brought in Courteney Cox to help him tease new music.Ed, who’s been hinting about a return for the past couple of months, posted a short Instagram video captioned “25th June” and showing him playing guitar with Cox on piano. The combo isn’t a total shock, since Ed has written songs with her fiance, Snow Patrol‘s Johnny McDaid.Sheeran revealed he will perform at the soccer championship tournament — Euro 2020. Match play begins in one week. He appears in concert on June 25th, which is the night before the elimination rounds. In solidarity with Pride Month, Ed wore a rainbow sweater for the announcement. He will debut new music.
Lady Gaga wants to help Little Monsters kick off Pride Month in style — with a new charity merchandise collection created with designer Donatella Versace.The Mother Monster teased the line on Instagram with a video captioned, “We were all more different, and different is beautiful. Thank you Donatella for supporting LGBTQ+ mental health and the Born This Way tenth anniversary.”If you’re hoping to pick up something from the line, get ready to dig deep into pockets: Unisex shirts go for $250, while a sassy beret costs $350 — with some proceeds from all items going to the Born This Way Foundation.
Pink wants tennis superstar Naomi Osaka to know that she’s got her back.The outspoken singer took to Twitter on Thursday to praise Osaka for walking away from the French Open rather than hold press events that could damage her mental health. Pink wrote, “For whatever it’s worth – I’m proud of Naomi Osaka for putting her mental health, her well being above everything…listen babies, you can work hard to master your craft, but you do it on your own terms, and screw anyone if they don’t get it.”Pink gets candid about her own mental health in the documentary All I Know So Far, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.Kieran Moise of Huntsville, Alabama, is getting to start a new chapter in his life at the Air Force Academy. Part of the deal of being in the Air Force involves having short hair.This affects Kieran more than most boys because he doesn’t like haircuts and hasn’t actually had one in six years.Kieran wanted to make the most of this historic haircut, so he pledged to donate his hair for use in wigs for kids battling cancer.The event also included some fundraising. Thanks to an online campaign, Kieran raised over $19,000 for St. Jude’s Hospital to celebrate his 19-inch-long afro.Big things are in store for Kieran as he recently graduated from high school and is heading to the Air Force Academy this fall. And, he made the most of this transition by helping others before taking his next steps. (KSBN-TV)Whenever you can include both Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra in a story, there’s bound to be buzz.Nearly 60 years after the death of the ill-fated Hollywood icon, People magazine reports that Frank Sinatra’s onetime manager claims Ol’ Blue Eyes was convinced Marilyn was murdered.In his memoir Sinatra and Me: In The Wee Small Hours, Tony Oppedisano quotes Ol’ Blue Eyes late in his life speaking about friends who’d died before him — such as Monroe. “Frank believed she was murdered, and he never got over it.”According to Oppedisano, Sinatra and Monroe were friends but never lovers. “Frank felt she was too troubled, too fragile, for him to sleep with and then walk away.” Yet, Marilyn apparently confided to Sinatra about affairs with both John and Robert Kennedy, even telling Frank she didn’t understand why the Kennedy brothers cut off contact after she stopped having sex with them.There’s one other juicy tidbit. The book asserts that Marilyn and ex-husband Joe DiMaggio planned to reconcile — and that a press conference breaking the news was to take place just days after her death on August 5th, 1962. Oppedisano says “Frank believed if the press conference hadn’t been announced, she would have lived a lot longer.”According to the book, Sinatra claimed several told him that Monroe been murdered with “a Nembutal suppository and Robert Kennedy or the Mob was involved.”
Chris Harrison is out as host of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise, Page Six reports.In February, Chris took a supposedly temporary break from the Bachelor franchise after the backlash erupted over him defending a contestant who had attended an Old South plantation-themed party.Chris was already sidelined from a season of the Bachelorette. Now, according to Page Six, he’ll be replaced on Bachelor in Paradise by a revolving cast of guests hosts — including David Spade.No word if Harrison will return to host Bachelor.He had hosted the Bachelor, Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise since their debuts.
Daniele from St. Joe Today lets us in on the busy downtown Lake Bluff Park events coming up Saturday & Sunday in today’s Coast Social Network! Visit stjoetoday.com for more.... [Read Full Story]TODAY IS:
World Bicycle Day
Well this is … bad … A new survey found that 1 in 2 people in relationships say their current partner is the worst sex they’ve ever had. That’s right – half of the people surveyed said the person they are with is lousy in bed. Sounds like the next step here is for these people to communicate better…The same survey asked respondents if they’d ever injured themselves during the act. 57% of those who had injured themselves while doing it said it happened while trying to do it in the shower.
Guys, do you think you know what women want? A new study of more than 60,000 women from all over the world found that there is one thing that women overwhelming want in a partner. Here’s a hint – it’s not six-pack abs or a seven-figure salary. 90% of the women surveyed said that kindness is the most attractive trait a significant other can have. (PS I Love You)
The CDC says that if you’re vaccinated, you’re basically OK to go about “normal” life without worrying about masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds, etc. But not everyone is ready yet.Some folks are still really worried about getting COVID, even though the odds are very, very low for vaccinated people. Experts say that’s natural, especially for people who generally have a low tolerance toward risk. They also note that all the media coverage and fear-based messaging of the past year has left people feeling anxious.If you’re one of those people, there are ways you can cope:
The important thing to remember is that feeling this way doesn’t mean you’re weak or that there’s anything wrong with you. (Medical News Today)Lady Gaga‘s Chromatica Ball just got bounced again — clear into next year.The stadium tour was initially scheduled for the summer of 2020, but rescheduled until this summer due to the pandemic. But on Wednesday, Gaga issued a statement delaying the Ball yet again, saying, “While some parts of the world are moving quickly to open up, others are not yet ready. So until we can confirm all global dates, we have to postpone the Chromatica Ball shows to the summer of 2022.”As of now, new dates have not been announced, but the North American shows are still expected to take place in Boston, Chicago, Toronto and East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Variety)
Seek out positive messages, like how infection rates are plummeting.
Take things slow. Re-enter “normal” life a little bit at a time.
Keep wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer if it helps you feel more comfortable.
Find someone you trust to talk about your feelings with. Maybe even a professional.
Limit your exposure to media and social media that will trigger feelings of anxiety.
Demi Lovato and Olly Alexander of Years and Years will team up to host the YouTube Pride 2021 livestream on June 25th.Billboard reports that the pop royals will join Trixie Mattel, Daniel Howell and Mawaan Rizwan for the six-hour event, which will feature musical performances, challenges and crowd-sourced short films.Though the stream is free, viewers will be asked to donate to the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth, as well as AKT, which does the same in the U.K.
Elton John tells Billboard magazine that he’s more interested in being a father than putting out new music. “I don’t think we are in a time where the world needs a new Elton John album. I don’t feel inspired to write or compose anything either. Right now I am a full-time father and I love it. I love being a father.”About 10 years ago, Michael Campbell of Birmingham, Alabama, went overseas to Iraq to serve in the military. Now, he owns a lawn service company. He still serves others– one lawn at a time.Michael returned from Iraq in 2012. When things were rough in his life, people stepped up to support him.He remembers their assistance. Campbell now donates free lawn care to five families with loved ones who served in the military. He explained that he wants to “give back and show the same love” that was given to him all those years ago.This is his first year Michael has made this offer — but he looks forward to making it a tradition. (WBRC-TV)
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