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Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023
Good morning to you!

One of the greatest joys I experience in my job is the opportunity to recognize others for the amazing work they are doing in the communities we serve. And we do this as often as we can.

Our greatest effort in this is our Best of Des Moines readers’ poll, where we salute more than 750 people, businesses, places, events and more from 250-plus categories in CITYVIEW magazine. It is a monumental effort that gives credit where credit is due. We are in the midst of the 2024 contest right now, and the poll closes Nov. 13 with results published in our February edition. A record-setting 22,200 votes have been cast in the 2024 poll so far, and that number may exceed 25,000. That, in itself, is incredible. This the largest and most recognized poll of its kind in central Iowa, and it’s not even close. Learn more and vote now here.

In a similar but more tightly zoned way, we recognize a few hundred people, businesses, places, events and more in each of our 14 Iowa Living magazines. These community lifestyle publications are mailed to every home in the 20-plus cities we serve, making these residents’ choice polls the mostly widely distributed and viewed of their kind. Learn more at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.

For the past five years, we have also recognized leaders in the business community through CITYVIEW’s Business Journal, a section of the magazine in each issue. With more than 100,000 print and digital readers, CITYVIEW’s Business Journal is the most read business publication in central Iowa. We started recognizing business leaders five years ago with an event called “17 from 2017” and worked our way up one each year. We decided this year that we would do away with the number and the business designation and simply recognize as many people as we saw fit from the nominations received. And, in doing so, we brought back a popular CITYVIEW designation from years ago with “People Making A Difference.” Honorees this year include Paula Dierenfeld, Brad Buck, Martha Kester, Amy E. Heinz, Blaire Massa, Susan Dunn, Ben Page, Jennifer Scharn and Jay Byers.

I hope you take the time to read the full story, which you can do here. You can also view the complete CITYVIEW Business Journal edition here.

We realize we are not the only organization that is honoring folks for the great things they do, and that’s a good thing. Because, when it comes to recognizing people for their positive contributions, more is better. We are simply glad to be part of it.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

View Shane Goodman's archived columns from past issues here.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
Join the more than 22,200 who have already cast their votes in the latest CITYVIEW'S Best Of Des Moines readers' poll — the metro's original and largest poll of its kind.
Winners will be announced in the February 2024 issue of CITYVIEW!
Vote Now

Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Warm weather through today, a slight chance of a shower early Wednesday, then cooler, but seasonable temperatures into next weekend.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

Featured home for sale
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FROM KCCI: Police: Des Moines man arrested after allegedly firing shots at officer

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines man is facing multiple charges after police say he shot at an officer.  According to a news release from Des Moines police, an officer tried to stop 27-year-old Cody Gibbs at Southwest Ninth Street and McKinley Avenue around 11 p.m. Sunday. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: El Niño will bring heavier snow to US, but not Iowa this winter: Climate Prediction Center

(NEXSTAR) – In these uncertain times, we know at least one thing for sure: El Niño is here. There’s 100% certainty El Niño will last through early winter, the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, recently said, and a 90% or higher chance it lasts into spring. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa DPS cancels Endangered Person Advisory, brother and sister found safe

Billy Hernandez-Alvarado and his sister, Ashley Hernandez-Alvarado, were reported missing Sunday night. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports Notes
From ESPN.com:
NFL: Chargers 27 Jets 6
Big Ten informs Michigan it might face disciplinary action

Australia PM Albanese visited China Monday. The two countries have been feuding since before COVID. Newsroom Tokyo reported that Australia is seeking a lifting of punitive tariffs on its lobster and wine exports to China. It's always about food and booze.

The US Department of Labor (USDL) reported that wet leaves are as guilty of causing fatal accidents as ice, both to cars and pedestrians. US Department of Transportation reports that it takes three times as far for a car to break on wet leaves or ice as it does on a dry surface. USDL says 15% of accidental deaths in the US are caused by pedestrian falls, which mostly happen in autumn and winter.

Tuesdays bring spaghetti and meatball specials to Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclide Ave., Des Moines) for both lunch and dinner. Their famous ice packed salad bar is included.

- Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

CITYVIEW feature
Unleashing the Wolves

By Cyote Williams

D.J. Carton will bring his slashing style of play once again next season. The guard put up 15.6 points and 5.5 assists in his second G-League season.
Winter is coming, and it’s joined by howls, hoops and a fresh crop of basketball talent. Interviews with the Iowa Wolves new pack leader, Ernest Scott, and VP of marketing, Chip Albright, take you on the court and into the office for the 2023-2024 season.

The 2023-2024 season brings a fresh start for the Iowa Wolves, and with it comes new prospects, promotions and reasons to get behind the city’s once best-in-the-country G-League basketball team.


Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Carl Voss!

These celebrities were born on this date: Joni Mitchell, Lorde, Christopher Knight, Tommy Thayer, Tinie Tempah, Adam DeVine, Yunjin Kim

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do you get from a forgetful cow? MILK OF AMNESIA! - Gail Tomlinson. Other answers from Rex Post, Carolyn Rogers, William Snyder. Or Udder Confusion: Shane Goodman, John Zeitler, S. Hill Watkins.

Today's riddle

Why did God create just one Yogi Bear?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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