To process tens of thousands of auto and property claims with losses already well into the billions of dollars, insurance companies have adjusters camping out across Texas.
The Houston Chronicle reports in one case, the adjusters — many of whom are called in from out of state due to the magnitude of the effort — are living in tents. Farmers Insurance sent more than 400 catastrophe insurance responders to assist with Hurricane Harvey-related claims. About 80 of them have quartered at “Farmers Village,” a camp in Rosharon where newcomers are greeted with maps of their air-conditioned cabanas, the food tavern …
Ellen Brook, 53, San Mateo, California via Shaker Heights
I grew up in Shaker Heights. I left to study political science at Duke. Then I found my way to the Monterey Institute of International Studies where I got my Master’s degree in International Public Administration and Public Policy. My goal was to work in a non-governmental capacity in development with women, empowering them and helping people live more fulfilling lives. I worked for non-profit in Washington D.C then ended up working in Silicon Valley for an investor relations firm for ten years. I never really felt like I was in my own skin until I discovered art. I’ve been working as an artist for about ten years.
Anne & Mark’s Art Party — the artstravaganza produced by San Jose residents Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson — has always been a fashion-forward event. Costumes are encouraged, and you can bet that people will be sartorially interesting again with this year’s “Alice in Wonderland” theme.
But that intersection of creativity and what we wear will be the main focus of a special preview event for the Art Party on Saturday night in downtown San Jose.
“Pivot: The Art of Fashion” will showcase the work of wearable-art and cutting-edge designers, including Charlotte Kruk, IB. Bayo, Rachel Riot, Kathleen Crocetti and Ellen Brook. It’s just a sampling of the larger collection that will be shown on the closing night of Anne & Mark’s Art Party, which runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
“Baby It’s Cold Outside: Last Minute Shopping Ideas”
San Francisco Chronicle Style editors chose the Ellen Brook line as a perfect holiday gift! So if you want a little something special for you or your gal, act fast:). Here ’tis….
“Last-minute gifts? It wouldn’t be the holidays without them. Style staff and contributors rounded up items they would like to give — and possibly receive as well…. here are a few ideas to help you come through in the clutch….
…The scarf: San Mateo’s Ellen Brook was a communications exec before discovering the painter within. Along with abstracts on canvas, she hand-paints silk organza ponchos and dusters, chic toppers for special occasions, tunics, scarves and wraps, too. $75-$379, www.ellen-brook.com or Studio on Chestnut, 2233 Chestnut St., and Britex, 146 Geary St., S.F.; Annieglass at 377 Santana Row, No. 1105, San Jose; and Nomad Chic, 23588 Arnold Dr. b, Sonoma.” click here for the article