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Summer Strallen reveals depression diagnosis and how she’s surviving during the pandemic

Summer Strallen standing in front of a brick building: Hello! Magazine

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In an exclusive interview and photoshoot on Broadway with HELLO! magazine, actress Summer Strallen talks of the devastating impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the theatre business, as well as how it affected her personally.

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Summer, who was due to star in an off-Broadway production when the pandemic struck, tells the magazine: “I was in shock for weeks. I couldn’t stop crying and was diagnosed with depression. So many of my highly skilled, talented colleagues were out of work, but to pay their rent and put food on the table, they’d taken jobs in supermarkets or as drivers.”

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Summer was diagnosed with depression during lockdown

Summer tells how she took action by creating online platform The Strallen Collective for top theatre stars to provide

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  • November 15, 2020

Should I book my summer 2021 holiday now to beat the rush?

News that Britons are likely to be among the first in the world to receive a coronavirus vaccine has provided a long-awaited boost in confidence for our return to normality; and not least for the travel industry.

So what does it mean for your well-deserved holiday next year? Is it now safe to book? Will resorts sell out? Will prices soon shoot up? The only certainty these days is that nothing is certain. But here’s what our experts have to say.

Book now before the rush

A spokesperson for the UK Travel Association (ABTA) told Telegraph Travel: “There have been positive developments this week in terms of securing a vaccine and this will no doubt go some way to restoring consumer confidence in travel. We know our members have reported people are booking for 2021 and we expect the news of a vaccine will see future bookings increase further, as

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  • November 10, 2020

Gibraltar holiday guide: where to stay, eat and drink this summer

The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar is on the list of quarantine-free countries, meaning summer holidays there are an option again

Arriving in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, you feel you are somewhere exotic but strangely familiar at the same time. On the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, with the Atlantic on one side and the Mediterranean on the other and just 15 miles from Morocco, it is dominated by the dramatic limestone Rock and covers an area of just over two and a half square miles. There is a lot packed into that small space though and it is really worth staying longer than a day, whether you’re interested in history, anthropology, geology, nature or marine life. Not to mention the shopping.  

What to do

Take the cable car to the top of the Rock

The cable car whisks you up to a dizzying height of

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  • November 7, 2020

Black-Owned Business Hope the Summer Boom Continues Over the Holidays

relates to Black-Owned Businesses Hope the Summer Boom Doesn’t Fade

Photo illustration: 731; Photos: Robin Wilson Home (blankets); Maggie Anderson (book); Tonya’s Cookies (cookies)

Business at Robin Wilson’s home textiles company in New York City spiked this summer as Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country and #BuyBlack trended on social media. After appearing on several lists of Black-owned businesses, Wilson saw a 3,000% jump in sales for a few weeks, from the end of May to the start of July. “It was mind-boggling. It was wonderful,” she says. “Then it slowed down.” Even so, she says, her sales have remained up about 25% since the beginning of the summer.

After a dismal year amid the pandemic, the retail industry is counting on shoppers to spend more freely this holiday season. Many Black business owners such as Wilson have seen wild swings in 2020, from

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  • October 23, 2020

DA Summer Stephan announces program to find safe shelter space for abuse victims –

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan announced that domestic violence survivors will no longer have to spend hours or days trying to find safe shelter under a new program that can locate available space within minutes.

The SoCal Safe Shelter Collaborative leverages technology to more quickly connect survivors with available space in a shelter so abuse victims can expeditiously be removed from dangerous situations and begin receiving support services.

San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan discussed the program on KUSI News.

The District Attorney’s office supplied KUSI News with the following information about the program:

So far, 25 organizations have signed on to the new program with additional groups joining each week. Trained staff from the organizations collect information from the survivor, such as whether they have minor children residing with them or if they have disabilities that need accommodation. The request is sent to

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  • October 15, 2020

Summer trend comes to an end

Early morning thunderstorms

A line of thunderstorm marches through the region early this morning. Thunderstorms will bring frequent lightning, gusty winds, and heavy rainfall. A few storms could be strong at times during the morning commute, so make sure to allow extra time to travel.

Back to seasonal

After a weekend of sunshine and mild temperatures, the pattern will return to seasonal conditions. Rainfall allows for temperatures to fall into the 50s as temperatures stayed mild overnight. After thunderstorms fall apart into the early afternoon the sunshine will return. This sunshine will help to usher temperatures back to the 60s.

Then through the early work week temperatures near average in the 60s. Even overnight lows will be closer average, which is near the low 40s.


One thing that will not change from last week will be the strong winds. Gusty winds will be possible today with and after the

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  • October 12, 2020

Purgatory Resort wraps up ‘remarkable’ summer

Purgatory Resort will bring summer operations to a close Sunday after an unexpectedly successful summer, said Dave Rathbun, the ski area’s general manager.

In March, Purgatory, like every other Colorado ski area, was in a state of uncertainty after Gov. Jared Polis ordered resorts to close because of the COVID-19 outbreak. But since reopening June 20 for its summer season, business at the resort 25 miles north of Durango has been “remarkable,” Rathbun said.

“Back in March, after we shut down, and then went through the whole spring wondering what would happen to allow us to get open again, I don’t think anybody back then in early June could have ever guessed what we were going to see,” Rathbun said. “Certainly, no one could have guessed how successful a summer it’s been.”

Urban residents wanted to escape their locked-down regions and spend time outside, he said. For many, Purgatory was

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  • October 3, 2020

Nearly 3 in 4 Americans didn’t take time off this summer

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Second lockdown would be ‘disastrous’ for the economy, Boris Johnson warns

A second lockdown would be an economic “disaster” for the UK, Boris Johnson said as he acknowledged that the testing system was experiencing “huge problems.” In his second appearance before the Commons powerful liaison committee this year, the Prime Minister fielded questions on the surge in covid-19 infections, testing shortages and his handling of the Brexit negotiations. During the 103-minute session, Mr Johnson insisted that reimposing nationwide restrictions would be “completely wrong for this country” and warned that the impact on the public finances would be “disastrous.” However, he pushed back against criticism of the tightening of social distancing measures through the rule of six, telling MPs that ministers would do everything necessary to “defeat the disease”. Schools contributing to testing shortages With the Government implementing rationing to cope with a surge in demand for covid-19 tests,

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  • September 16, 2020

Missing Summer Fridays Already? Here’s How to Get Back to the Grind Without Burning Out

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Fridays are always considered one of the best days of the week, (cheers to the weekend, people!) but especially during summertime. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, many companies offer employees “Summer Fridays,” which can take on a variety of formats: half-days every week, one full day off every other week, or some similar layout. Regardless, the perk makes working in the summertime much more enjoyable for people who are lucky enough to have this option.

But with Labor Day come and gone, we’re already missing Summer Fridays before we’ve even shaken all of the sand out of our hair. While the pressure to get everything off of our plates before Friday came around was stressful sometimes, Summer Fridays provided a much-needed resting period to round out the workweek. And aside from more freedom to take weekend trips, we mainly love Summer Fridays because they give us the

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  • September 9, 2020

No Summer Vacation This Year? What to Do with the Money You’ve Saved

From spring through summer this year, we’ve seen travel get disrupted by COVID-19. Some countries have even banned international travel to help contain the virus.

Clients at my firm who began planning dream vacations many months ago have been asking us for suggestions: What should they do with the cash they saved up for these trips that they’ve had to cancel? It’s a good question, considering the potential amounts we’re talking about. A typical one-week Disney vacation for a family of four costs an average of $6,716, and a two-week European trip costs about an average of $4,000 per person, according to financial site SpendMeNot.

Here are five options to consider implementing with your saved funds. No one is better than the other, and you have to rank these for your own situation. No shame in doing more than one!

Option 1: Stash That Cash (But Treat Yourself, Too)


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  • September 2, 2020