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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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Tuesday 09/09/2014
It is important to get the correct of calcium each day

Most of us know we need to get enough calcium throughout our life span for bone health, but we’ve also read in the past couple of years that too much calcium isn’t good. In 2010, the National Academy of Sciences updated the recommended daily allowance for calcium recommendations for all age groups.

Posted: September 09, 2014
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Monday 09/08/2014
Will Galt subdivision homeowners have to pay for water meters twice?

Jennifer: Regarding Galt’s water meter installation, that you wrote about recently, I must say that about 100 homes here on the west side were built by Guttridge builders. Instead of all of the homes, I will just talk about mine. When it was built in 1987, the builder installed a water well at the edge of the driveway. The connections are not hooked up yet, but they are there. So if a Galt employee comes to my home to install a water meter for $300 then if I pay, I will have paid for water meters twice. What about the other Guttridge homeowners?

Posted: September 08, 2014
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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Plan ahead and involve the family for school lunch preparation

With school back in session, families are trying to re-establish their routines, one of which is packing lunches. As parents, we want to provide a lunch that is enticing enough to actually get eaten, but also provides our kids with the nutrients they need to thrive.

Posted: September 02, 2014
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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Six Hands Chenin Blanc is dry but silky and smooth

Six Hands Winery has just released a 2013 Six Hands Cresci Vineyard Lodi Chenin Blanc ($16) that is as dry as a desert, yet gushy in varietal perfumes of wild honey, green melon, white flowers and underlying minerality.

Posted: August 27, 2014
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Monday 08/25/2014
Who pays for fire strike teams from local fire operations?

Jennifer: Who pays for the fire strike teams from local fire operations?

Posted: August 25, 2014
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Tuesday 08/12/2014
Focus on nutrition and active lifestyle to help children establish healthy habits

My professional organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has just announced its first-ever Kids Eat Right month. The goal is to focus on the importance of healthy nutrition and active lifestyle for children and families. Establishing these habits early in life increases the chances of turning around the staggering epidemic of early onset obesity and the diseases that follow.

Posted: August 12, 2014
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Jazz up brown rice with a lime cilantro taste

If you think brown rice is boring, I would bet that you haven’t tried my recipe for lime cilantro brown rice. You may have enjoyed something similar at a local or chain restaurant and assumed that it would be too complicated to make at home.

Posted: August 12, 2014
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Monday 08/11/2014
Who owns Lodi Memorial Hospital?

Jennifer: Who owns Lodi Memorial Hospital? It’s clear it’s not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente or funded by taxpayers as many county hospitals are.

Posted: August 11, 2014
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Monday 07/28/2014
What happened to the effort to create a four-way stop sign at busy Galt intersection?

Jennifer: Whatever became of the effort by a few Galt residents to have a stop sign installed at an intersection frequented by school children, elderly and other pedestrians?

Posted: July 28, 2014
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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Michael David’s Earthquake Lodi Petite Sirah reaps top honors at California State Fair

This past spring at the California State Fair, the 2012 Michael David Earthquake Lodi Petite Sirah ($26) garnered top honors for being California’s “Best Petite Sirah.”

Posted: July 22, 2014
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