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Tuesday 01/27/2015
Petite Syrah is becoming more popular than Syrah

While many American wine lovers are familiar with Syrah — often sold as Shiraz on bottles imported from Australia — the popularity of this grape as a varietal red wine has been on a notable wane in recent years. Petite Sirah, on the other hand, has become more popular than ever.

Posted: January 27, 2015
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Tuesday 01/20/2015
Vitamin B-12 is important for neurological functions

Someone recently asked me if taking Vitamin B12 would give them more energy. It’s not that simple. No one nutrient can give us energy. We get energy from healthy eating, regular exercise and adequate sleep. But, Vitamin B12 is involved in many functions that can affect our feelings of energy, or lack of. So here’s more on this nutrient.

Posted: January 20, 2015
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Monday 01/19/2015
Is the Wal-Mart construction halted again?

Jennifer: We have been gone for three months. When we left, the new Wal-Mart was under construction, but it seems to have come to a halt. Are the enviromentalists still fighting this and delaying this project which will create many jobs?

Posted: January 19, 2015
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Tuesday 01/06/2015
Eating a plant-based diet helps improve energy and keep off extra weight

As we begin a new year, I wanted to share a very inspiring story from one of my students, Makalya Hopkins, and her delicious recipes to bring you luck and prosperity! 

Posted: January 06, 2015
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Monday 01/05/2015
Why do some police officers drive without license plates?

Jennifer: How come Lodi Police officers are driving around town in their SUVs without license plates in the rear? No paper license, no nothing. State law says every vehicle in the state of California must be licensed. Can you explain this to me?

Posted: January 05, 2015
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Monday 12/22/2014
Why is the pavement east of Ham Lane rough?

Jennifer: After the city of Lodi repaved Turner Road recently, why is the pavement east of Ham Lane so much rougher than on the west side of Ham Lane? There is a marked difference. Heading west on Turner, it’s really bumpy and noisy, then when you are at Ham Lane, it turns smooth all the way past the lake. The project was all done at the same time so I don’t understand why it has such a different feel.

Posted: December 22, 2014
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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Lodi’s Coup de Grace is a red wine blend that combines best parts of grapes

The expression coup de grâce technically means putting someone out of his or her misery, in a most violent fashion. But here in Lodi, it now means a gloriously rich and original red wine — a thick, bloody red, if you will.

Posted: December 09, 2014
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Staying mindful, using moderation keeps extra holiday pounds away

’Tis the season many folks overindulge in holiday treats, food and drink and, on average, gain two to five pounds. Why not make this a new holiday season, getting through this busy and festive time without weight gain? Many magazine and newspaper articles will be written with diet tips; those are always worth reading again. On a more general note, we can all benefit from two elements to practice: mindful eating and daily exercise.

Posted: December 09, 2014
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Monday 12/08/2014
Is the Salvation Army bell ringing considered panhandling?

Jennifer: I’ve heard of several California cities recently banning aggressive panhandling. I’m curious, why isn’t what the Salvation Army bell ringers do during the holidays and the annual firefighter’s Fill the Boot campaign where they both ask for money in public places not considered panhandling?

Posted: December 08, 2014
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Tuesday 12/02/2014
A pot of butternut soup with roasted chilis makes a healthy gift idea

While many might think about giving someone soup when they are feeling under the weather, a nourishing pot of soup can be the perfect holiday gift for anyone you care about.

Posted: December 02, 2014
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Monday 11/24/2014
Why do Lodi police drive around without proper license plates?

Jennifer: How come Lodi Police are driving around town in their SUVs without license plates in the rear? No paper license, no nothing. State law says every vehicle in the state of California must be licensed. Can you explain this to me?

Posted: November 24, 2014
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Tuesday 11/11/2014
Increase diabetes awareness by taking control of life

As of 2012, 29 million Americans had diabetes, most with Type 2, the kind that is closely tied to obesity and is showing up in teens as well as adults. It’s estimated 86 million more have pre-diabetes, or 1 out of 3 Americans; many who don’t yet know it.

Posted: November 11, 2014
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Concrete Zin merges old and new technology

Beneath the low key, grayish, mild-mannered label of the newly released 2012 Concrete Lodi Zinfandel ($45), you will find a big, flashy, super-powered expression of the grape, exemplifying the best of Lodi’s long viticultural heritage.

Posted: November 11, 2014
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Monday 11/10/2014
Why doesn't the Lodi Police Department enforce the code for excessive noise?

Jennifer: There are many people driving on the Lodi streets with their stereos turned up too high and disturbing the peace. I would like to know why the Lodi Police Department doesn’t enforce city code number 9.24.030 for excessive, offensive or disturbing noise and give tickets to these people.

Posted: November 10, 2014
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Tuesday 11/04/2014
Make your own version of pumpkin spice latte with healthy ingredients

A family friend, in her early 20s, told me over the weekend that as the holidays draw near each year, her and her buddy anxiously await the return of the pumpkin flavored drinks at their favorite coffee places.

Posted: November 04, 2014
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Monday 10/20/2014
Is there a difference between a fire engine and a fire truck?

Jennifer: Is there a difference between a fire engine and a fire truck?

Posted: October 20, 2014
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Tuesday 10/07/2014
Don Victor Lodi Reserva de la Casa is deep and dark but elegant

The 2010 Viñedos Aurora Don Victor Lodi Reserva de la Casa ($39) is a deep, dark, brawny and rippling red wine; produced from Cabernet Sauvignon (60 percent) and Petite Sirah (40 percent) sourced completely from a Clements Hills-Lodi AVA vineyard farmed by the four Anaya brothers: Victor Jr., Ramon, Armando and Gerardo.

Posted: October 07, 2014
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Monday 10/06/2014
Are children breaking laws by playing in the street?

Jennifer: I have a safety and law concern. We have so many children playing on the streets of our neighborhood and also playing basketball with baskets on the streets. I see parents placing slow down signs on the streets, but I’m always worried that someone driving will disregard these signs or will not see the kids playing on the streets. Are the children or the parents of the children breaking any laws?

Posted: October 06, 2014
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Tuesday 09/30/2014
A diet full of fiber rich plant foods helps keep diseases away

While many shy away from the topic, as a dietitian and nutrition professor, I have no problem talking about constipation, especially when it is a matter of life and death! It is so common that many people mistakenly think it is “normal”, has a long shadow that extends far beyond inconvenience and physical pain/discomfort.

Posted: September 30, 2014
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Monday 09/22/2014
Is Lodi Unified School District going to lengthen school days for kindergarteners?

Jennifer: I heard about a school in the Sacramento area that is lengthening the school day for kindergartners. Any chance Lodi Unified might do the same?

Posted: September 22, 2014
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