State and County Officials Investigate Mystery Odor in Los Angeles County

In October, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) and Public Works announced it was investigating odors in the City of Carson. It was reported that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) notified Public Health of an odor event in Carson and advised that their investigation ruled out a point source or permitted business as the source of the mystery odor…

Steuben County, New York Author Publishes Memoir

As I Recall: Growing up in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s in Kenmore, NY and Beyond, a new book by Gregory Granger Laker, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Take a walk down memory lane with Gregory Granger Laker, a regular guy who reminisces on life growing up in suburban Buffalo, NY in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Laker retells his life experiences growing up in Kenmore – from his close relationships with classmates, family, and friends to his lifelong love and participation in sports to everyday mischief and more.

“I expect all baby boomers to be able to relate and reminisce about the content in this book,” Laker says. As I Recall: Growing up in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s; in Kenmore, NY has something that anyone who grew up in the same time period can connect with!

About the Author
Gregory Granger Laker is a 69-year old retiree, after a 36 year career in heavy duty truck sales. He resides in Canisteo, NY with his beautiful wife, who together they have 4 wonderful grown children and 11 amazing grandchildren.

Laker and his wife enjoy being active and social, as well as travelling and seeing live music. Yes, Laker still competitively plays pool and he admits to enjoying reading more now in retirement. Although he has many joys and passions, he gets the most enjoyment from watching his children raise his grandchildren!

As I Recall: Growing up in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s in Kenmore, NY and Beyond is a 288-page paperback with a retail price of $19.00 (eBook $15.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6366-1142-6. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at

Ocean County YMCA & Toms River Regional Schools to serve free lunch to combat child hunger

The second annual Grab N’ Go Summer Meals Program will run from June 25 through September 3.

Grab N' Go Summer Meals Program starts June 25.

Grab N’ Go Summer Meals Program starts June 25.

TOMS RIVER, N.J.June 17, 2021PRLog — The Ocean County YMCA and Toms River Regional Schools will host its second annual Grab N’ Go Summer Meals Program from June 25 through September 3, Monday through Friday from 11am to 1pm. Participating youth, 18 or younger, will receive free, nutritious lunches and snacks daily. No I.D., application or proof of income is needed.

According to, pre-pandemic, nearly 100,000 schools/institutions serve school lunches to 29.6 million students each day, including: 20.1 million free lunches; 1.7 million reduced pay price (student pays $.40); 7.7 million full price, and 4.9 billion lunches are served annually (Source: USDA FY 2019 data). However, once the school year ends, only a small percentage of these same students can access free meals over the summer break, leaving many children without these meals.

“The Y, in partnership with Toms River Regional Schools, is working to fill that gap by keeping children healthy and well-nourished this summer, ensuring that kids reach their full potential,” said Peter T. Rosario, President and CEO of the Ocean County YMCA.

“Our longstanding and invaluable partnership with the Ocean County YMCA helps fulfill the most basic of needs for this community- food,” said Toms River Regional Schools Superintendent Thomas Gialanella. “Never is that need more pronounced than right now, as we enter the hot summer months, when school is out and children and families are maybe uncertain of what’s available to them, and as we continue to navigate the challenges of a pandemic. Through our school sites, the tireless efforts of the Y, and the support of many others throughout Toms River, I am proud that our district plays a role in helping to feed students and families throughout this community during summer, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this amazing program.”

The Ocean County YMCA and Toms River Regional Schools will begin serving meals Monday through Friday, June 25 through September 3, from 11am-1pm. Participating youth will receive nutritious lunches and snacks daily. This program will be available at the Ocean County YMCA, as well as nine Toms River Schools (High School East, 1225 Raider Way, Toms River; High School South, 55 Hyers Street, Toms River; Beachwood Elementary, 901 Berkeley Avenue, Beachwood; Cedar Grove Elementary, 173 Cedar Grove Road, Toms River; Citta Elementary, 2050 Lakewood Road, Toms River; Pine Beach Elementary, 101 Pennsylvania Avenue, Pine Beach; Silver Bay Elementary, 100 Silver Bay Road, Toms River; South Toms River Elementary, 419 Dover Road, Toms River; South Toms River Elementary, 419 Dover Road, Toms River, and Walnut Street Elementary, 60 Walnut Street, Toms River).

“Hunger has a lasting impact on the development of children,” said Rosario. “Giving kids access to nutrition-filled meals allows kids to focus, learn and become empowered to reach their full potential. The Grab N’ Go Summer Meals Program is a wonderful way for us to keep our kids strong and combat hunger.”

To learn more about the Grab N’ Go Summer Meals Program, call or email Jennifer Poulos at or visit

About the Ocean County YMCA

At the Y, we take immense pride in our work to strengthen communities and help all of us be our best selves. We provide a place to play, to learn, to be healthy, and to give back. We believe that everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. Everything the Y does is in service of making sure people and communities thrive. To learn more, visit

San Diego County Water Authority and iGrad Partner to Offer Enrich Financial Wellness Platform to Employees

The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) and San Diego-based financial education company iGrad have partnered to offer the award-winning Enrich™ financial wellness platform to the SDCWA’s 255 employees and the employees of its 24 member agencies.

The SDCWA was one of the 24 state and local government organizations awarded part of a $1.4 million grant(1) to improve employee financial knowledge and behaviors. Funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation, the grant was administered via a collaboration between the Center for State & Local Government Excellence (SLGE), the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and the National Association of State Treasurers Foundation (NASTF).

Financial wellness has been a focus for public agencies for many years, but even more so in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the budget and economic crisis many employees face today. Studies have shown that employees’ financial stress has a significant impact on work productivity, focus and engagement. In January 2021, the SDCWA enhanced its financial wellness initiatives with the addition of Enrich and extended it to employees of its 24 member agencies.

In addition to offering the Enrich financial wellness platform, the SDCWA has launched additional educational workshops and activities to help educate and promote behavior change; provided resources and campaign materials to member agencies to promote financial wellness in their own agency; and facilitated activities and challenges that further promote short- and long-term financial planning with incentive prizes.

“Enrich is a great addition to our program,” said SDCWA Special Projects Manager Gretchen Spaniol. “The educational course content and financial tools work for employees at every stage in their life – from paying off student loans to buying a house and saving for retirement.”

Enrich features the Your Money Personality™ financial behavior assessment, which analyzes each user’s financial “personality.” The interactive, mobile-friendly platform also provides:

– Financial education courses with personalized action plans on topics including budgeting, mortgages, healthcare, college savings, student loan repayment, banking, credit, financial planning and more

– Retirement and home affordability analyzers

– A suite of student loan and higher education tools

– Personal finance calculators and a real-time budget tool

Enrich is used by more than 20,000 employers and more than 300 financial institutions nationwide, with artificial intelligence technology that engages each user with the most relevant content based on financial situation and stage of life.

The Enrich platform includes dynamic tools and courses, delivering a highly personalized learning experience on financial topics including student debt, mortgages, budgeting, investing, retirement and long-term care.

A report(2) by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence released in April 2020 found that only 29 percent of state and local government employers offer financial literacy programs to their workforce, while 68 percent of public employees would participate in these programs if they were offered one.

The report found that even before the pandemic, 88 percent of respondents worried about their personal finances and financial decisions, and 66 percent said they worried while at work.

According to a 2021 Capital One CreditWise survey(3), 73 percent of Americans rank their finances as the most significant source of stress.

To combat financial stress, Enrich users are prompted to update their stress score about every four months to gauge the correlation between improved financial wellness and stress levels. Data from 2019 shows that as Enrich participants improved financial understanding, their stress levels dropped.

Additional Enrich data found positive behavior changes as a result of program participation, including:

– 27 percent increase in emergency savings funds to cover three to six months of expenses

– 28 percent increase in credit cards being paid in full every month

– 32 percent increase in employees getting on track with their financial goals

“Financial stress is proven to negatively impact both physical and mental well-being, lower workplace productivity and increase healthcare costs,” said iGrad founder and President Rob LaBreche. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the SDCWA on this important financial wellness initiative.”

About iGrad
iGrad is a San Diego-based financial technology company that offers artificial intelligence-powered financial wellness solutions to more than 600 colleges and universities, more than 20,000 employers and more than 300 financial institutions. iGrad’s Your Money Personality™ was recently recognized by the Institute for Financial Literacy with the 2020 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Adults’ Education Program of the Year award. iGrad is one of three 2020 honorees in the inaugural Barron’s Celebrates: Financial Empowerment, after being selected by a team of judges for its contributions to improving the financial health and security of Americans. iGrad also received the 2019 Eddy Award for Financial Wellness by Pensions & Investments for its Enrich platform. For more information about the iGrad platform, visit For more information about the Enrich platform for employers and financial institutions, visit

About the San Diego County Water Authority
The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $245 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 24 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base. For more information, visit


Suffolk County, New York Educator & Author Publishes Book on How Technology Can Unite Us All

Jeffersonian Economic Architecture in the Digital Age, a new book by Robert S. Ellinger Ph.D., has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Jeffersonian Economic Architecture in the Digital Age is a book focused on how to synergically adapt to the catastrophic change in culture that humanity is currently undergoing. This is due to seismic change in technology at the dawn of the Digital Age. The author Robert S. Ellinger Ph.D. has created an architectural model using concepts from a variety of academic disciplines including spatial economics, history, systems engineering, information technology, enterprise architecture, and political science. He uses this model to demonstrate how humanity adapted to technology change in the past. He then transforms this model for the future Digital Age. And he does this while keeping Jefferson’s and other founding father’s concept of equal opportunity for all as envisioned in the US Declaration of Independence and Preamble of the US Constitution.

About the Author

Robert S. Ellinger Ph.D. earned his doctorate in spatial economics from the University of Iowa in 1978. He then taught computing and systems analysis as an assistant professor in business and information systems. He then worked as a project manager/data networking lead in the office furniture industry where he led a project that won a manufacturing industry lead award. Following this Dr. Ellinger was employed by a major defense contractor as an information specialist and the lab manager of an advanced data networking and automation laboratory. He won several awards from his employer including being named a Technical Fellow. He progressed to National Lead Systems Engineer (internal) then to Chief Software Architect. He then moved to another defense contractor and became Chief Process Architect. He participated in many national and international standards committees and was the recipient of several awards from defense industry associations.

Dr. Ellinger is now retired and enjoys cruising on his sailboat. You can follow him online:

Jeffersonian Economic Architecture in the Digital Age is a 472-page paperback with a retail price of $70.00. The ISBN is 978-1-6366-1459-5. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at