Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart

With Valentine’s Day falling on Thursday of next week, this is my last opportunity to remind our readers to shop locally for your gifts and take your sweetheart out dining to one of our area restaurants. Reservations are certainly recommended but not always required at every eatery. Call ahead and make sure. Nothing will get you in hotter water than taking your honey out for dinner and finding that the next available seating is at 10:30pm!

Keeping with the hearts and flowers theme of this week’s column, don’t forget to enter our Sweetheart Sweepstakes! We are now in our second week of the annual promotion, and I encourage all our lucky readers to get those coupons filled out and dropped off before it’s too late. Check out pages 10 and 11 for all the sweet details.

Now, for those of you who receive fine jewelry as gifts during this romantic holiday season, don’t forget to have those gems insured! My gal pal Allstate Agent Brenda Soto Bryan recently sent me a message reminding me how important it is to financially protect those new, sparkling jewels, as well as those special pieces already in our jewelry boxes. Here’s a bit of what she sent me:
“Many people don’t wear their jewelry because they are afraid they might lose it. Some pieces hold sentimental value that can never be replaced, but when our customers choose proper insurance coverage on jewels it gives them confidence and peace of mind that they are financially protected when the unexpected happens,” stated Brenda.
Here are a few tips from Brenda on insuring your jewelry:
• Have a detailed appraisal, and be sure to keep the bill of sale. To keep coverage current, have jewelry appraised every five years.
• Keep and maintain an inventory of jewelry and individual valuables. This should be part of a broader home inventory to help better understand everything someone owns.
• Review your current insurance coverage to determine protection levels.
Have questions? Give Brenda Soto Bryan a call at her Bixby Knolls Allstate office (562) 426-1752

I recently received a call from a Long Beach woman who asked me to help her find her black nylon rain jacket. The last time she recalls having it was when she was leaving Chef Tech Cooking School, 3842 Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls, and she believes she may have dropped it on the sidewalk. I called up to Chef Tech and spoke with Amy (one of the owners) who assured me she’d keep her eyes open for the jacket. If you know where the garment is, please give me a call here at the office (562) 595-7900– the jacket’s owner is offering a $25 reward.

Lastly, my long-time chum Cristina contacted me and asked if we could help her find a good home for a dog she has rescued. Here are the details and a picture:
Neena's Thoughts

Amber is a 3-year-old, spayed, female Maltese/poodle. I prefer a retired couple/person. She is calm and well behaved. Call Cristina at (562) 673-7225

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