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Hudson Valley florists craft springtime blooms and more - Poughkeepsie JournalTuesday, March 27, 2018
Lee often finds birch tubes outside and arranges her natural bits and pieces inside of them.“I like it to be natural looking,” she said.The Floral Free SpiritChristine Fontana, of Peony Design Studio in Poughkeepsie, may spend her days crafting picture-perfect bouquets and tablescapes for weddings up and down the Hudson River, but that does not mean she is one for cookie-cutter arrangements.“I’m sort of anything goes,” she joked.img itemprop="url" src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/d2d18...
Video of Riverside County sheriff's deputy taking down woman selling flowers shared widely on social media - Press-EnterpriseTuesday, October 24, 2017
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released a statement about the incident just before 6 p.m. Monday, July 17. Sheriff’s officials identified the woman as Juanita Mendez-Medrano of Fontana.She was selling flowers and Hawaiian-style leis without a permit outside of Perris High School while motorcycle deputies provided traffic control during the graduation ceremony, according to the news release.The Sheriff’s Department said deputies warned and cited 15 people for vending without the necessary city permits.Mendez-Medrano refused to cooperate and attempted to walk away, the Sheriff’s Department said in the release, which also said she gave fake names and pushed the deputy away. He held her arm to prevent her from fleeing, the statement said.“The short, publicly produced video does not have the full context or content of the incident,” the department said.The video has been shared more than 10,000 times on Twitter. It’s also been shared thousands of times on Facebook. In the video, bystanders are heard telling the woman to let herself be arrested.“We’ll get you a lawyer,” a man is heard saying.Luz Gallegos, community programs director for the TODEC Legal Center in Perris, an immigrant rights group, said people in the community have been sharing it, she said.Emilio Garcia with the Inland Rapid Response Network, an immigration hotline, said the deputy should not have used that level of force.“Officers in theory are capable of controlling these kind of situations,” Garcia said. “The video doesn’t show the woman being violent. It doesn’t justify excessive force.”... http://www.pe.com/2017/07/17/video-of-riverside-sheriffs-deputy-taking-down-woman-selling-flowers-shared-widely-on-social-media/
'The racism has to stop.' Woman who was selling flowers when she was taken down by Riverside County Sheriff's ... - Press-EnterpriseTuesday, October 24, 2017
County sheriff’s station in Perris.Social media websites are referring to the flower seller as Joaquina. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department identified her as Juanita Mendez-Medrano of Fontana.The Sheriff’s Department found her to be vending without a permit on June 7, but the video of her arrest didn’t go viral across social media until Monday, July 17.The video shows her trying to get away from the deputy, who grabs her hair and forces her to the ground. He covers her mouth with one hand and then twists and places her arm behind her back.“Why don’t you get the gang members!” she screams in Spanish. “Why me? Someone who is trying to make an honest living?”“You are hurting me,” she says. “Why do you treat us this way?”The video, which includes graphic language and may be disturbing for some, can be seen by clicking here.The Sheriff’s Department said deputies warned and cited 15 people that day for vending without the necessary city permits.“The short, publicly produced video does not have the full context or content of the incident,” the department said.Mendez-Medrano refused to cooperate and attempted to walk away, the Sheriff’s Department said in the release, which also said she gave fake names and pushed the deputy away. He held her arm to prevent her from fleeing, the statement said.The video has been shared more than 13,000 times on Twitter. It’s also been shared thousands of times on Facebook.A Facebook page and a funding site have been set up in support of the woman, who across social media has been referred to as “The Flower Lady.” More than $2,400 had been raised before noon on Tuesday, July 18. Organizers s... http://www.pe.com/2017/07/18/the-racism-has-to-stop-woman-who-was-selling-flowers-when-she-was-taken-down-by-riverside-county-sheriffs-deputy-speaks/
Video of Officer Arresting Woman Selling Flowers Near Graduation Causes Social Media Stir - NBC Southern CaliforniaTuesday, August 15, 2017
Officers "contacted, warned and cited" about 15 people for selling without proper city permits before they approached a vendor later identified as 52-year-old Juanita Mendez-Medrano of Fontana, who was selling flower bouquets and Hawaiian leis, also without a permit, according to police."Unlike the other vendors, Ms. Mendez-Medrano refused to cooperate as necessary to allow our officer to issue her a citation," a statement from Perris police said.Police added she refused to tell officers her real name, gave them several fake names, tried to walk away and pushed the officer. The cop then tried to arrest her for "violating the city ordinance and obstructing justice."Christian Lem, 23, walked by the incident. He told NBC4 he started taking pictures when the officer knocked flowers out of the woman's arms, and he started recording video on his tablet when the officer grabbed her arm.Perris police said the officer was holding her arm to "prevent her from fleeing."In the video Lem recorded and posted to Twitter, the officer and the woman appear to struggle briefly before what police described as a "physical struggle" as the officer tries to arrest her.The video shows the officer grab the woman's ponytail, spin the woman around and onto the ground with her leis and bouquets before the officer briefly covers her mouth and kneels on her leg while trying to arrest her.In the recording, Mendez-Medrano can be heard using an expletive in Spanish, saying that she is in pain and that the officer is arresting someone who is trying to make an honest living.Lem said "it hurt" seeing th... http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Flower-Vendor-Video-Arrest-Perris-435230493.html
Woman Selling Flowers at Perris High School Graduation Forcefully Arrested (VIDEO) - 24/7 Headline NewsTuesday, July 18, 2017
PERRIS – A Fontana woman selling floral leis and flowers at the Perris High School graduation last month was arrested after an incident with deputies. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials said that approximately 15 street vendors without the required City of Perris permits were cited at the High School graduation which took place on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. One of the vendors contacted with Juanita Mendez-Modrano, whose arrest was captured on the video shared via Twitter. “Unlike the other vendors, Ms. Mendez-Medrano refused to cooperate as necessary to allow our officer to issue her a citation,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials said. “She refused to provide her name, and attempted to walk away. Our officer repeatedly told Ms. Mendez-Medrano why she was being detained, and that she could not go without being issued a citation.” Mendez-Medrano, according to authorities attempted to leave, provided them with numerous fake names and even at some points, pushed the officer a...
This D.C. florist secret to surviving 114 years and four generations - The Washington PostWednesday, March 06, 2019
The florist’s all-time customer list has featured Washington Post cartoonist Herblock, the late Mayor Marion Barry, the Washington Nationals, television/radio host Larry King, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, astrologer Jeanne Dixon, civil rights and women’s rights activist Dorothy Height and half the hotels in town.Florist shops in the United States average about $350,000 in revenue a year and pocket about $50,000 in profit, according to the Society of American Florists. With $2 million in revenue, Caruso must be raking in profit.Cheryl Diaz MeyerFor The Washington PostRob Mittemeyer of Caruso Florist loads flowers into the van for delivery within a 25-mile radius of downtown Washington.“The business supports a lot of people,” said Mike Caruso, 59, Phil’s son who runs the day-to-day operations at the florist. Four Carusos work there; three brothers and father Phil, who is the president. There are 23 full-time employees and five trucks delivering flowers seven days a week. The big expenses are labor and flowers. [Here’s how rich you have to be not to worry about getting dragged from a plane]The five trucks together typically make more than 100 deliveries a day, dropping off fruit baskets at hospitals, flowers at churches and a dozen roses at a Potomac home. Ninety-five percent of orders arrive by phone and Internet. The business has computer files on thousands of its regular customers. About 40 deliveries are standing weekly orders for drop-offs at the University Club, a dentist’s office, the hotels and a law office — anything within a 25-mile radius of downtown. Caruso Florist is known for higher-end pricing and service, with orders from $35 for a basic arrangement to $30,000 to decorate the Hay-Adams for an over-the-top wedding. Mike Caruso arrives before sunrise every Monday. He spends the morning organizing the day, which may mean unloading 1,000 roses flown in from Ecuador or checking on the Gerbera daisies that just arrived from Canada’s eastern provinces at 6:30 a.m. “We have five trucks out on the road today,” Mike said last Monday. “Probably close to 100 deliveries. August is the slowest month of the year. Once Congress goes out, things kind of calm down.”December, February and May make up half the business. There are three weeks of heavy traffic leading up to Christmas. Mother’s Day is bustling. And then, of course, Valentine’s Day.It’s do-or-die day. The truck fleet grows to 30 just for Valentine’s Day, and the staff doubles.[My conv... https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/this-dc-florists-secret-to-surviving-114-years-and-four-generations/2017/08/18/ee1a0152-836e-11e7-b359-15a3617c767b_story.html
Heavy rains prompt super bloom of poppies in California - Euronews EnglishTuesday, March 05, 2019
Spring has arrived early in southern California.After weeks of heavy rains, a super bloom of wild poppies has covered the hills around Lake Elsinore, southeast of Los Angeles.The super bloom has left hillsides in the area carpeted with golden and orange flowers, something which Lake Elsinore's Mayor Steve Manos hopes will bring tourists to the area."Thanks to the rains, 2019 happens to promise a super bloom event like we haven't seen in several years," he said. "This should attract thousands of people out to observe the flowers... it will go on for roughly about a month and we are excited to get the visitors out here in Lake Elsinore."... https://www.euronews.com/2019/02/28/heavy-rains-prompt-super-bloom-of-poppies-in-california
Flower power: Eden Floral utilizes local growers for bouquets, floral crowns, and other engaging arrangements - New Times SLOTuesday, March 05, 2019
Born in Missouri, Manuele moved to California while still a child, but old enough to remember and miss the rolling green hills. She spent her youth and early adulthood admiring and foraging for the indigenous plant life that surrounded her. In her early 20s, Manuele took up both gardening and hiking as hobbies and found herself combining the two passions through floral art, coming home from a hike with a sprig of mountain sage and plopping it into a jar with some lavender and roses from her garden. "I was foraging long before I even knew what the word 'foraging' meant," Manuele said. "I would bring bouquets to friends made up of my latest hiking adventure and whatever was blooming in my garden." click to enlarge
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GARDEN OF EDEN Rachael Manuele (pictured) turned her passion for nature into a career with the creation of her fine art floral design company, Eden Floral.
This era in Manuele's life rolled into friends asking her to design their flower arrangements for bridal showers and weddings. Before long, friends of those friends, who had attended the showers and weddings, were contacting Manuele to seek her services. It wasn't until she began getting inquiries from people she didn't know that Manuele decided to start an official floral design company. She wound up choosing a name synonymous with paradise. "The name Eden translates my love of the natural world as it is. It's my tribute to this Earth and all that it gives to us," Manuele said. "The resilience of our Earth is an inspiration to me." click to enlarge ... https://www.newtimesslo.com/sanluisobispo/flower-power-eden-floral-utilizes-local-growers-for-bouquets-floral-crowns-and-other-engaging-arrangements/Content?oid=7641365
Obituary of Donald McNaught - The Union of Grass ValleyTuesday, March 05, 2019
Life will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday March 16, 2019, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Light refreshments will be served.Don was born to Herbert and Luetta McNaught on May 31, 1933 in Berkeley, California. He attended schools in Salinas, Fresno, and San Mateo, and received a BS from UCSF Pharmacy School in 1957. Don loved pharmacy and was president of McNaught Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Foothill Medical Pharmacy in Sunnyvale, California for 30 years. After retiring and moving to Grass Valley to build their dream home, Don worked for several pharmacies in the area. Pharmacy was in his blood.Don was also a former member of the Los Altos Golf and Country Club, Fairbrae Tennis, Palo Alto Elks, CA Pilots Association, CA Pharmacist Association, Alta Sierra Country Club, Music in the Mountains, and a Nevada County Volunteer Deputy Sheriff.He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Priscilla; children Jeffery and Lisa; grandson Brycen; and several nieces and nephews.The family wishes to thank Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Center for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. https://www.theunion.com/news/obituaries/obituary-of-donald-mcnaught/