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Pacific Palisades Community Council Announces Election Results

Matthew Quiat

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

After a two-week voting period, the Pacific Palisades Community Council announced the results of the 2020 election of area and at-large representatives that will serve on the board for the 2020-22 term, beginning October 1.

There were three contested seats in this term’s election: Area 4, Area 6 and Area 7.

In Area 4, Karen Ridgley beat out Michael Minky.

“I hope to raise the awareness of my constituents to the council’s mission and resources to keep Pacific Palisades residents informed of issues that impact us all, and through the council’s expertise and influence, to empower ourselves to resolve common and local problems within our community,” Ridgley said to the Palisadian-Post following the win.

She added that she has plans to reach out to organizations and pocket neighborhoods within Area 4 to familiarize herself with their concerns.

“An example, Palisades Charter High School is within Area 4 and I’d like to explore developing a community services program for students to earn community service credits while constructively contributing support to community projects,” Ridgley added.

Matthew Quiat ran against Karyn Weber to fill the Area 6 position after candidate Jason Sklar withdrew from the race before voting opened.

Karen Ridgley

“I am very grateful to have the opportunity to represent the Huntington and Via Bluffs,” Quiat shared with the Post. “It was encouraging to hear from so many residents during the campaign, and I am excited to get to work.”

He added that he is “optimistic about the future of the Palisades.” He shared plans to lead by engaging the community and seeking as much input as possible.

“I also intend to work and connect with many local resources to help enact beneficial policies,” Quiat concluded.

Area 7 went to Jenny Li who ran against Rick McGeagh to fill the spot.

“I am honored to have been elected as the Area 7 representative to the PPCC, and I am so appreciative of the support from my neighbors and fellow board members of the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association,” Li shared with the Post. “I look forward to getting to know everyone on the PPCC and to working together to serve this very special neighborhood and community.”

Li added that she plans to reach out to McGeagh, who has served on PPCC and has made “great headway” on the fire safety issues that the area is facing.

“I promise to find ways to connect with my neighbors throughout Area 7, to listen to your concerns and to bring your voice to the PPCC,” Li wrote.

Uncontested seats went to Joanna Spak (Area 1), Steve Cron (Area 2), Haldis Toppel (Area 3), Sue Kohl (Area 5) and Alan Goldsmith (At-large).

The Area 8 seat remains vacant at this time, with the possibility of filling the space with an alternate applicant.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, events leading up to the election, including a PPCC-hosted Candidates Forum, all took place virtually over Zoom.

Jenny Li

“PPCC thanks all of the candidates for their willingness to participate in the public election process and commitment to serving the community, the Election Committee for responsible election management, and the entire Palisades community for supporting the democratic process by voting,” PPCC representatives shared in a statement.

The council is now accepting applications for alternate representative positions from interested community members. Individuals may apple for 1st or 2nd alternate positions, or both.

“Residents of a particular area may apply to become alternate representatives of that area,” according to a PPCC representative. “Residents, business operators or property owners in Pacific Palisades may apply for the at-large alternate position.”

Applications are reviewed by a committee of three past chairs of PPCC, and applicants may be interviewed virtually. The committee then nominates candidates for the positions, which are elected by the board at an upcoming PPCC meeting.

The deadline to submit applications is October 18 at 5 p.m. For more information or to apply, visit pacpalicc.org.

Chamber of Commerce Names Eugene Levy Honorary Mayor of Pacific Palisades

Photo courtesy of ABC/YouTube

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Following a historic night at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, Eugene Levy has garnered another nomination: honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades.

Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Sarah Knauer and President & CEO Bob Benton confirmed on Monday, September 21, that Levy, a resident of the Alphabet Streets when he is not in Canada, would be taking over for Co-Honorary Mayors Billy and Janice Crystal.

“I’m just thrilled that Eugene Levy is going to be our mayor,” Benton shared, adding that he is a movie buff and appreciates all of Levy’s work—spanning from “American Pie” to “Best in Show.”

Knauer touched on the fact that Levy’s decades-long career reaches multiple generations, and how “it’s really amazing” to see him and his son, Daniel, create “Schitt’s Creek,” a show “that was so funny and heartwarming and poignant and touches on so many topics that are so important.”

Levy, who created, wrote and executive produced the show, also starred as Johnny Rose during its six-season run from 2015-20.

On Sunday, September 20, Levy took home two Emmy Awards for “Schitt’s Creek”: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show swept all seven major comedy categories, a feat that has been described as unprecedented.

“As a dad, getting to work on camera for six years with both my kids, Daniel and Sarah … such a joy, love you both and could not be prouder,” Levy said while accepting the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Award. “That brings me to my multi-Emmy-nominated partner who took our show that we came up with and brilliantly guided it to this little Emmy party tonight, so thank you, son. Thank you, Academy, and to my fellow Emmy nominees: It was an honor to be in your company.”

The Crystals in 2018
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Levy also recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival and two Canadian Screen Awards.

Benton made that point that Levy’s career has been so prolific, his long career in television and film made him worthy of the honorary mayor title even before “Schitt’s Creek”—but that the show marks the icing on the cake.

Levy will be taking over for the Crystals, who served as co-honorary mayors for two-plus years, beginning in January 2018.

Though COVID-19 has disrupted many typical mayoral duties, including participating in the annual Fourth of July Parade, the Crystals left big shoes to fill: They attended and spoke at many events during the course of their mayorship, including the Pacific Palisades Spelling Bee, the grand opening of Palisades Village in September 2018 and many holiday-time gatherings.

Naming an honorary mayor of the Palisades has been a tradition within the community dating back to 1951 with Virginia Bruce serving first. Levy, who will serve as honorary mayor for two years, joins a list that includes names like Adam West, Bob Saget, Martin Short, Vivian Vance, Sugar Ray Leonard and more.

Kehillat Israel Organizes Coastal Cleanup Day in the Palisades

The beach, captured Labor Day weekend
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

The start of September kicked off Heal the Bay’s Coastal Cleanup Month, and the environmental advocacy group has asked Angelenos to get connected and host their own cleanups.

Pacific Palisades’ Kehillat Israel will be honoring Coastal Cleanup Day with a communitywide event for all ages on Saturday, September 26. The day will be spent cleaning up the surrounding area and neighborhoods, including streets, parks, local shorelines and more.

“The Jewish tradition emphasizes that we must care for and preserve the natural world around us,” Rabbi Daniel Sher said to the Palisadian-Post. “Coastal Cleanup Day is one of the world’s largest annual volunteer efforts for our coastline, and it is imperative that we all do our part.”

Sher added that this outdoor event can be done with family and neighbors—and that cleaning up is not limited to the beach.

“Picking up trash in your neighborhood, local park and storm drains helps protect our coast,” he added.

Palisadian Holly Naim-Moss, a member of the temple for over 10 years, and KI Program and Event Coordinator Rebecca Serot are working hard to spearhead the event, while still adhering to CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety.

This is KI’s second year participating in Heal the Bay’s Coastal Cleanup Day.

“This year, because of stay-at-home orders with COVID[-19], our beaches and hiking trails were heavily visited more than ever before,” Naim-Moss said to the Post. “I will be out with my three kids—masks on and gloves in hand—to clean up our beautiful natural setting in [the] Palisades.”

Heal the Bay asked participants to help keep track of the amount of trash gathered through either a mobile application or a physical cleanup data card, keeping a count of found items using tally marks.

Volunteers are asked to pick up small pieces of trash because animals often mistake them for food, but to avoid picking up sharp objects like broken glass, syringes, needles and dead animals.

“The data you have collected will be used for science, education and advocacy purposes to help make Southern California coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy and clean for all,” according to the data card.

“We ask the Palisades community to donate a couple of hours of their time on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.,” Naim-Moss said. “While practicing social distancing, I believe we can still all come together and do something that impacts our community.”

Participants are asked to bring a mask, gloves, trash bag, and a friend or family member. For more information, email programs@ourki.org.

Coffee and Community at Canyon Square

Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

First came coffee—and community quickly followed.

Frank Langen, a longtime Palisadian Realtor who specializes in Santa Monica Canyon, had a decade-long dream of creating a nearby hub, complete with a coffee shop and place for local residents to gather.

Now, Canyon Square, located on West Channel Road, is home to a group of tenants who bring just that, with modifications as the center makes its way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Frank’s idea behind it is to foster community in the way the Palisades used to be,” DeeDee Wright, who works closely with Langen on marketing and communication for all things Canyon Square, shared. “The way the old village used to be.”

She added that many residents miss Benton’s and Norris—and Canyon Square was designed to help fill that void.

“As you can imagine, it’s not straightforward to continue a viable business center comprised of providing culture, food and retail in the current environment,” Langen shared with the Palisadian-Post. “Nevertheless we are optimistic about our continued success due to our fantastic neighbors and strong, like-minded support.”

Canyon Square started with The Sunrise Brew, which serves coffee, smoothies, avocado toast and vegan baked goods every day of the week. The shop opened in summer 2019 after Langen, who had just about given up on his dream, invited the owner to move her Airstream from a spot on Lincoln Boulevard over to a spot near the beach.

He said that her first day in the area was more successful than any day she had at her former location.

Langen shared that the vision for Canyon Square began with a walkable coffee shop for residents in the neighboring area.

“It did well immediately,” Langen said of the opening of The Sunrise Brew. “From the first day it was a success with the neighborhood, but the pandemic really solidified its existence because it never had to close.”

Because there is a takeout window and customers do not have to go inside, they were able to temporarily remove the seating and remain open from day one. People who used to stop by on their way to work continued to come by—even as they worked from home.

Langen added that The Sunrise Brew is firmly rooted in Canyon Square and, in some ways, is the commercial heart, feeding the other businesses within the center.

The Sunrise Brew Airstream joined Gallery g-169, which opened its doors in summer of 2008. The gallery focuses on “exhibiting artworks of established and emerging artists,” and often draws from “the rich reservoir of residents associated with the gallery’s location.”

Langen recently relocated it from an upstairs space down to the primary level, with hopes of planning and offering indoor/outdoor events

“It’s going to be very successful, I think, because while people are waiting for their coffee and avocado sandwiches and smoothies, they’re going to be able to wander in and out of the interior space and look at the art that’s going to be displayed indoors as well as outdoors,” he said.

Langen added that he is working with the late Peter Alexander’s son to create a gallery.

One tenant that did not make it through the pandemic at Canyon Square was hjom., created by Rachel Morrison off of the Danish concept of hygge—the “warm fuzzy feeling inside.”

Langen described the family as lovely and that he thought they could pull it off financially, but when the pandemic began and they found themselves homeschooling three kids, they realized their limits. They also operate a second location in Balboa.

“Something that I’ve been preaching for a long time in real estate, the question is, really for all of us, how much is enough?” Langen shared. “How big does a house have to be? How many cars do we need? How many locations? How much growth do we need? The question is just about sustainability and I think that’s the biggest lesson of COVID.”

Additional tenants Nikki York Hair and deasy penner podley complete the square, with a retail residency currently in place by Replenish.

A pop-up retail event in 2019
Photo courtesy of DeeDee Wright

“For [Langen], it’s very much about community first and commerce second,” Wright said of the Canyon Square tenant selection.

“She will figure out what you want and need; she will cater to your personal style and suggest her design visions,” the Nikki York Hair website reads. “And if you let her, she will become your closest ally in all questions hair and beauty.”

Though shuttered at the start of the pandemic due to county and statewide orders, Nikki York has been open when restrictions allowed her to take clients, including offering services outside.

Deasy penner podley, founded by Mike Deasy and George Penner, is a “real estate brokerage dedicated to the art of design,” with a reach from Malibu to Palm Springs.

“The real estate component was dormant for a three-month period, but has also exploded, because, again, I think primarily people are not so diffused in their views of the globe, but they’re very local, so they’re focusing on home and space,” Langen said. “Instead of spending money on traveling, they’re staying home for the summer. The residential real estate component is doing extremely well.”

Replenish, owned and operated by John Ward, offers “luxury denim, premium activewear and artisanal goods.” Langen explained that Ward signed on for a six-month retail space, but will consider staying longer, depending how things go.

Leanne Ford, an HGTV personality and co-host of “Restored by The Fords,” spends most of her time on the East Coast for now, but when she’s on the West Coast, she has a space to do business out of within the square.

Canyon Square also has hosted a series of pop-ups, including a holiday-themed selection 2019 with Stephanie Schur (owner of Botany, formerly located at Brentwood Country Mart) with Christmas trees, wreaths, garland and arrangements—which Wright described as adorable. Other pop-ups include a surf shop and vintage denim, run by Palisadian and Canyon Charter Elementary School dad Ron Balatbat.

The tenants at Canyon Square are a work in progress: Langen is currently searching for a food offering with pizza or Mexican cuisine.

“We are in the process of upgrading our seating to be more cohesive with the design-centric environment we are trying to provide,” Langen shared, with new seating set to arrive in the next couple of weeks.

“We’re evolving,” Langen continued. “The idea is a little community center, kind of like the Brentwood Country Mart or Abbott Kinney or even the center that we have up in the Palisades by Caruso. I think these types of things will survive or find their way.”

Santa Monica Mountains Sees ‘Summer of Kittens’

Photo courtesy of NPS

NPS Biologists Report Abnormalities Linked to Mountain Lion Inbreeding in P-81

By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter 

Mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains have had a challenging year with unexpected deaths and a dwindling population—but this summer brought the first big litter of new kittens.

“In total, 13 kittens were born to five mountain lion mothers between May and August 2020,” according to a statement from National Parks Service. “It’s the first time this many mountain lion dens have been found within a short period of time during the 18-year study, in which a total of 21 litters of kittens have been marked at the den site by researchers.”

By comparison, the highest number of kittens born prior to this was four in a 10-month period in 2015.

“This level of reproduction is a great thing to see, especially since half of our mountains burned almost two years ago during the Woolsey fire,” Jeff Sikich, a wildlife biologist who has been studying the mountain lion population in the Santa Monica Mountains, shared in a statement. “It will be interesting to see how these kittens use the landscape in the coming years and navigate the many challenges, both natural and human-caused, they will face as they grow older and disperse.”

The birth of so many kittens comes on the heels of scientists discovering the first mountain lion with inbreeding deformities in the region. A young mountain lion captured and collared in the Santa Monica Mountains on March 4, known as P-81, appears to have reproductive and tail defects.

The mountain lion, approximately 1 and a half years old, has a kinked tail where the end is shaped like a letter “L” and only one descended testicle, according to biologists with the National Parks Service.

Similar physical abnormalities were linked with inbreeding depression in mountain lions in Florida.

“In a 2016 paper co-authored with biologists at UCLA, modeling predicted a 99.7% chance of extinction within 50 years, with a median time to extinction of just 15 years, if similar inbreeding depression occurred in the Santa Monica Mountains population,” the statement explained.

“This is something we hoped to never see,” Sikich said of the critical discovery. “We knew that genetic diversity was low here, but this is the first time we have actually seen physical evidence of it. This grave discovery underscores the need for measures to better support this population.”

A couple of days later, another mountain lion, also with a kinked tail, was recorded on a remote camera in the same area, potentially a sibling, and then a third mountain lion with similar traits.

“Along with a similarly isolated population in the Santa Ana Mountains south of LA, we have seen the lowest levels of genetic diversity ever documented in the west,” Seth Riley, wildlife branch chief in the area, said.

A loss of genetic diversity, called “genetic drift,” can happen when there is a small population of animals or through inbreeding, and both are occurring in the Santa Monica Mountains, Riley said.

“The only population with lower levels was in south Florida a couple of decades ago, when Florida panthers were on their way to extinction,” the statement continued. “The really interesting, and worrying, thing is that they saw the same type of kinked tails and cryptorchidism there. Cryptorchidism is when one or both testes fail to descend. In Florida, males with neither teste descended were not able to reproduce and were likely sterile.”

By importing eight female mountain lions from the closest state, Florida was able to breed the remaining males and bring in new genetic material, and it was successful reducing these defects.

Riley explained that in the west, since there are other large populations of mountain lions, it  “makes more sense to increase connectivity,” and this new information proves the urgency.

A proposed $87 million wildlife overpass to connect populations of mountain lions south of the 101 Freeway to those other natural areas in the Simi Hills, Santa Susana Mountains and Los Padres National Forest would allow all sorts of animals to move around traffic and would be the first in a large metropolitan area, according to the statement.

“If fundraising stays on track, construction is slated to begin in late 2021, officials say,” according to the statement.

The National Wildlife Federation is helping raise the funds through a national campaign, with the proposed wildlife corridor slated to open in 2023.

Palisadian Pilot Dies in Van Nuys Plane Crash

Suzanne, Jim and Annie
Photo courtesy of Annie deVarennes

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Palisadian Jim deVarennes died in a plane crash on Friday, September 11, in the Van Nuys area.

The 62-year-old pilot was flying a single-engine plane when the crash occurred at 3:04 p.m. in a parking lot in the 6900 block of North Hayvenhurst Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The second victim, who was identified later as Jill Young, grew up in the Palisades and lived in Brentwood at the time of her death, sources close to her shared.

The plane took off from Van Nuys Airport and was headed to Santa Ynez Airport in Santa Barbara County, according to Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Gregor said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the incident and determine a probable cause, according to a statement.

DeVarennes was a longtime Palisadian, who grew up in the community with his family and two older sisters, Annie and Suzanne.

“The three of us were close, and he was a really good brother … he was a very protective brother,” Annie said to the Palisadian-Post. 

He attended St. Matthew’s Parish, Paul Revere Charter Middle and Palisades Charter High schools.

DeVarennes played youth baseball at Palisades Recreation Center and earned All-Western League football second team honors as a senior wide receiver in 1975 when Palisades went 5-0 in league play under Coach Dick North and finished 9-2, falling to Banning 32-30 in the City 4A quarterfinals.

“Growing up, there was the Little League, and my brother was an Eagle Scout in Troop 223 … he was a star football player at Pali on the varsity team … we were all very involved in the community,” Annie said.

Annie said her brother learned that from their parents.

“My parents, Nancy and Dick deVarennes, were also very involved with the community, and my brother sort of followed suit,” she said. “My dad was a Little League coach … my mom was involved with St. Matthew’s, so he followed in their steps to be involved … and help with the community and do good.

“He had a generous heart, and he was a deep thinker.”

DeVarennes opened a cafe on Montana Avenue years ago, Annie explained, before getting into construction after working on a project for a neighbor and eventually starting his own business, Palisades Roofing and Construction. Annie joked that one could always find him on somebody’s roof in the Palisades.

DeVarennes has three children, who Annie said want to keep the business open.

“After he got into construction for a while and started his company, he learned to fly private planes and got his license when he was around 30 or so, and then eventually got his own plane,” Annie said. “He loved to fly, he loved being above the earth and feeling free … he had a passion for flying.”

Annie also said he had a passion for sports, travel, family and friends: “He had a zest for life and lived it fully.”

As the Post went to print, the Young family was not yet ready to reveal further details about Jill.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Letter to the Editor

DIESEL, A Bookstore

Dear fellow book lovers:

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”

We begin our letter with this wonderful quote from author Neil Gaiman—because it is true. A town is not a town without an independent bookstore.

We are fortunate, as we have DIESEL, A Bookstore, a treasured top-notch bookstore that has a treasured staff consisting of book lovers who care. The store is owned by two dedicated and passionate book enthusiasts, John Evans and Alison Reid.

They have devoted their lives to championing independent bookstores that are not only top-quality bookstores, but also cherished community centers full of author discussions, lively readings and personalized service.

Hit by hard times during COVID, John and Alison have reached out to the community with a heartfelt plea to raise funds to keep the bookstore alive and well. The GoFundMe is aptly titled “The Johnny 99” fund in reference to the Bruce Springsteen song.

As they say “it takes a village,” and well, we are a village … a well-educated village of readers, passionate about books. Many of us are still mourning the loss of Village Books—let’s not let this happen again.

Please see the link below for the GoFundMe page and give what you can: gofundme.com/f/help-diesel-a-bookstore-keep-goingjohnny-99-fund

Corinne Bourdeau and Lisa Boyle


The Palisadian-Post accepts letters to the editor via email at mypost@palipost.com or mail/hand-delivered at 881 Alma Real Drive, Suite 213, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. To be considered for publication, letters must be signed, and are subject to editing for length and clarity. Opinions expressed in letters do not necessarily reflect the views of opinions of the Palisadian-Post.

Your Two Cents’ Worth

Coffee Bean

I miss having the Coffee Bean in the Palisades and having another option for coffee. Plus, I miss seeing the community that sat outside.


Stores

I am happy to see people utilizing the Village so that more stores do not have to close. I am happy people are using their masks and still walking around.


Leashes

I love that the Palisades is full of animal lovers – I have been walking my big dog for so many years here. One thing I have noticed lately is people walking their dogs off leash which I think is really dangerous.  My dog and I have been chased/followed literally 2 times this week by off leash large dogs with the hair on their backs up ready for a fight. Please neighbors, keep your dogs on a leash when walking in the neighborhood.


Vigil

Kudos to the community, it was so nice for neighbors to gather and pay respect at the candlelight vigil for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg the other night. It doesn’t cost a thing to show some empathy and compassion, especially during these tough times.


Wildlife

Has anybody started a wildlife club or organization in the Palisades? Since the start of quarantine I’ve learned so much about the animals that surround us, from snakes, deers, coyotes, bobcats and goats. I just want to know if there’s a way to keep track or log all these critters!!!


Numbers

Let’s keep it going, keep wearing your masks and being proactive and safe! Numbers are falling low and I’m looking forward to the day we can all return to the lives we once knew, let’s all be a part of getting us there.


Got something to say? Call (310) 454-1321 or email 2cents@palipost.com and get those kudos or concerns off your chest. Names will not be used.

Crime Report

Burglary

16100 Alcima, September 13 at 2:33 a.m. The suspect smashed a glass door to enter home and took a television.

Burglary/Theft from Vehicle

200 Mabery, between September 16 at 5 p.m. and September 17 at 8 a.m. The suspect entered victim’s vehicle and took a driver license.

Theft

17200 Pacific Coast Hwy, September 13 at 11:15 p.m. The suspect (identified) took and ate food from victim’s business without paying.

Vandalism

15100 Sunset, September 20 at 7 a.m. A 54-year-old male was arrested for vandalism after damaging the double doors to victim’s business.


Provided by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore. In case of emergency, call 911. To report a non-emergency, call 877-275-5273.

Palisadian Helps Launch ‘Web of the Week’ U.S. Edition

Guy Vellacott
Photos courtesy of Jacquie McMahon

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Palisadian Jacquie McMahon, a resident for 30 years, has headed up the U.S. effort to bring the UK-based “Web of the Week” to the States.

“We have been bowled over by the response we have had in the UK from so many people, as well as community groups, churches, care homes, charities and local authorities, and are thrilled to be bringing the idea across the pond,” shared McMahon and her brother, site Founder Guy Vellacott.

Each Sunday, the site features 10 stories and videos that are deemed interesting, falling into categories like arts, music, history, gardening, sport, travel and health.

Vellacott founded Web of the Week with his father, Iain, as a response to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in May 2020 to create an additional resource for seniors who were struggling with isolation, loneliness or boredom. The U.S. launch took place September 6.

A Web of the Week sample

“The web can be a daunting place for anyone, one that can sometimes be unsafe and perceived as a ‘made for experts’ experience,” McMahon and Vellacott continued. “Our aim is to help people develop their skills and confidence in accessing the internet in a way that puts smiles on their faces.”

Web of the Week also highlights uplifting work being done by both charities and corporations supporting their communities.

“Whether it is finding out about a forthcoming event, learning more about a subject, being inspired by great stories in sports or the arts, or merely just for entertainment, when it comes to the internet, everything is just a few clicks away,” McMahon and Vellacott wrote.

“It feels really great to be doing something positive to help people in these challenging times, and we always welcome ideas for uplifting content that we can share.”

For more information, visit weboftheweek.com/us.