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February 25th, 2021 by

THE COVID-SNIFFING DOGS KEEPING FLORIDIANS SAFE

Feb. 11, 2021 

Selene San Felice, Axios

 Yet again, our four-legged furry friends are here to save the day! Meet Mac, Hubble, Cobra and One-Betta the four canines who can sniff out COVID-19 odors.  The dogs have been serving all over the state of Florida including the campus of Florida International University. 



HOW THE FIRST BLACK OWNER OF A DISTILLERY IN THE U.S. IS GRAPPLING WITH DUAL CRISES  

Feb. 11, 2021 

Nick Halter, Axios 

Business owner Chris Montana had to cope with the financial loss of closing his cocktail room due to COVID-19. Then, his business was tragically damaged during the riots after police officers killed George Floyd. Montana raises money to support other businesses who suffered damage due to riots.



THE PANDEMIC BROUGHT ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION – REACHING OUT HELPED

Feb. 10, 2021 

Steven Petrow, New York Times 

This year has caused a severe increase in mental health issues amongst people of all ages. It is important to reach out to loved ones during these challenging times. Social media and online communities have helped individuals ease feelings of loneliness during the pandemic. 



HOW TO CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING’S BIRTHDAY IN 2021 

Jan. 16, 2021 

Sara Aridi, New York Times 

Although restrictions and lockdowns are still going on, there are numerous safe ways to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday this year. Discover ways that you could give back to your community or have thoughtful conversations about race this MLK Day.   



THE PANDEMIC HAS BEEN EXTRA HARD ON SINGLE MOTHERS 

Dec. 29, 2020 

Barbara Rodriguez, 19th News 

Many women have encountered issues trying to find childcare as schools and daycares shut down due to COVID-19. For single mother Kelly Secovnie working from home turned into working from home and taking care of her two children at the same time. 



ETHOS OF NEW PEOPLE’S MARKET FOCUSES ON FOOD JUSTICE, MUTUAL AID 

April 16, 2020 

Ellen Wu, Limestone Post 

The People’s Market is a farmers’ market Bloomington, IN has never experienced before. It is run by growers and small business vendors who value diversity and inclusion. Their mission is to provide the community with access to local food, art, and education.



INDIANA SMALL BUSINESSES STRUGGLE UNDER EFFECTS OF COVID-19 

April 28, 2020 

Gillian Paxton, Bloomington Beat  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 500,000 small businesses in Indiana are struggling to keep their doors open. Genne Weisheit reveals her devastating loss in sales this year. Local small business owners are still hopeful and stay optimistic by supporting one another.



MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ‘PHYSICALLY CLOSED BUT VIRTUALLY OPEN’ AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

April 28, 2020 

Livia King, Bloomington Beat 

The Monroe County Public Library has closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure is to ensure the safety of the community since the library is visited by 2,000 individuals daily. Not to worry—the Monroe County virtual ELibrary will be open all year long.  



HOOSIERS TAKE ON HOME GARDENING 

April 28, 2020 

Beth Edwards, Limestone Post 

As Hoosiers remain quarantined at home, gardening becomes an up-and-coming hobby. One in three households in the U.S. grow healthy and sustainable food options in their own backyards.  Discover gardening tips to keep you busy at home! 



BLOOMINGTON BARS AND RESTAURANTS RESPOND TO CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN 

March 11, 2020  

Ethan Burks, WTIU WFIU News 

Bloomington restaurants shut down indoor dining due to COVID-19. Depending on comfort level, some will remain open for carryout and delivery. Bloomington Bagel Co. owner Sue Aquila has come up with a creative solution to provide carry out for the community.