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California Rite Aid stores offer discounted whooping cough vaccinations

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is selling whooping cough vaccines to parents in California at a reduced price, the retailer said Thursday.

As of July 1, a new state law will require proof of vaccination for all students entering grades 7 through 12, and nearly all of the retail pharmacy chain’s 600 stores in California will be able to vaccinate walk-in patients or by appointment. The reduced-price vaccine will sell for $57.99.

“Rite Aid is proud to make it easier — and cheaper — than ever for parents to get their children vaccinated against whooping cough, all well ahead of the start of the fall 2011 school year,” Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. “Rite Aid pharmacists stand ready to help meet the demand for convenient access to vital immunizations.”

For proof of vaccination, Rite Aid is participating in the California Immunization Registry, issuing wallet-sized immunization cards and issuing proof of past whooping cough vaccinations at any Rite Aid location.

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Harris Teeter incentivizes shoppers to go green

BY Allison Cerra

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In celebration of Earth Day and as part of its commitment to incorporating sustainable practices into its day-to-day business operations, Harris Teeter announced it has aligned with vendors to offer promotions that will reward customers for their green decisions.

The retailer said that shoppers that sign up for its e-VIC loyalty program by Earth Day will receive a free Harris Teeter reusable shopping bag. What’s more, VIC members will receive more loyalty points when they purchase the following products:

  • From April 6 through May 3, for every $1 a VIC-card customer spends on any combination of Dannon yogurt products, he or she will earn one point. When a shopper earns 20 points, the shopper will receive $3 off his or her next grocery bill, automatically targeted to his or her VIC card. Also, for every $1,000 worth of Dannon products purchased at Harris Teeter stores, Dannon will plant a tree in the community, up to 1,200 trees;

  • For four weeks beginning April 13, shoppers who recycle their old baking pans at participating Harris Teeter locations will receive discounts on a new Good Cook baking pan; and

  • Seventh Generation has partnered with Harris Teeter to offer the company’s VIC-card customers a free reusable bag when they purchase $5 or more in participating Seventh Generation products from April 20 to April 26. What’s more, the reusable bag will be targeted to a shopper’s VIC card and can be redeemed during a subsequent transaction made between April 20 and May 3.

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School Administrators Association of New York State honors Wegmans

BY Michael Johnsen

ALBANY, N.Y. — The School Administrators Association of New York State will present its 2011 Friend of Education Award to Wegmans Food Markets and the Wegman family, the Rochester, N.Y.-based grocer announced Wednesday.

“There are few organizations as dedicated to the future of [their] community and [their] young citizens [as] Wegmans,” stated Don Nickson, deputy executive director of SAANYS. “We are fortunate to have such a company based right here in western New York and are honored to recognize [its] commitment and service.”

The recognition is awarded to "an individual, group or organization that has consistently contributed to the support and advancement of outstanding public education and the students of New York State." Wegmans was nominated for the award by the Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester, with particular recognition from the Rochester secondary school administrators in appreciation of Wegmans’ support of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.

The late Robert Wegman and his son Danny Wegman founded the Work-Scholarship Connection in 1987. Since 1996, the nationally recognized program has been an affiliate of the Hillside Family of Agencies, serving at-risk youth in Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo, N.Y., as well as in Prince George’s County, Md. The program provides these youth with mentors, part-time jobs and other support to help them develop habits and acquire the skills to become contributing members of the community.

SAANYS also recognized the numerous other Wegmans’ sponsored programs, including the Eat Well, Live Well fourth-grade store tours and Veggie Patch classes for scouts; Strong’s Super Kid Market; the ProStart Culinary Competition for High School Students; and Foodlink’s Kids Cafés and Project Search, a high school transition program for 18 to 21 year olds with developmental disabilities that provides training and education leading to employment opportunities.

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