Goodwill Makes Donations Door to Door Possible through Give Back Box

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Erol Onel is the vice president for Heron Therapeutics. In his free time, Erol Onel donates to Goodwill.

Goodwill was founded in 1902, initially started in Boston by a minister who collected household items and clothing from wealthy neighborhoods for the benefit of those less fortunate. Today Goodwill offers store locations across the United States and Canada. It also provides assistance to those looking for work or trying to obtain an education.

In November of 2016, Goodwill announced that it was partnering with various retail outlets with the installation of the Give Back Box. Individuals who shopped on Cyber Monday would unpack their new items upon receipt. They would then print off a free label and package up the older items they no longer needed. USPS provided pickup service, allowing these older items to be given to Goodwill locations. Not only were individuals given a chance to buy items at a price they could afford, but over 190,000 items were kept from landfills through the Give Back Box.


Three Tips to Help Novice Pianists Learn to Play




Erol Onel, MD, previously served as the vice president for Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he created launch strategies, study protocols, training materials, and development plans for the company. Outside of his professional life, Erol Onel is a multifaceted musician who plays a variety of instruments, including the piano.

If you are just starting out with piano or thinking of giving it a shot, these three tips will help you learn to play well.

1. Get a Teacher – The piano is a complex instrument that requires great dexterity and finely tuned motor skills. As a beginner, it is important that you do not develop any bad habits now that might stick with you for years, hampering your progress. A good piano teacher will help you practice correctly, while also teaching you what you need to be proficient on your own.

2. Play What You Like – Practice makes perfect, but if you are not motivated to practice, you will never improve. Focus on learning songs you like and want to play to keep your interest piqued.

3. Learn Music Theory – Music theory may seem intimidating now, but understanding the fundamentals behind what makes good music will help you make it yourself. Once you learn it, you will be able to play with greater freedom and versatility. Key areas of focus should include chords, note values, key signatures, and rests.

Unusual Wine and Food Pairings That Work


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A vice president at Heron Therapeutics, Dr. Erol Onel has spent the past decades working as a pharmaceutical physician. Over the years, he has worked in all phases of clinical development and maintained a track record of success with various regulatory authorities. In his free time, Dr. Erol Onel loves wine and good food, and he enjoys finding the perfect food and wine pairings. There are several wine and food pairings that are tried-and-true favorites. However, there are also plenty of unusual pairings that work just as well. Below are just a few pairings that may surprise you.

Shiraz and fish. Traditional pairings match shiraz with beef, but it also works alongside certain fish. Fish that are heavy, dense, and oily are ideal for this pairing because shiraz has a spicier, less dense taste.

Lambrusco and cold meats. Well-produced lambrusco features a light, bubbly taste that is refreshing on summer days. When paired with cold meats like salami, the wine’s flowery and fruity aromas provide a perfect balance with the meat’s natural fatness.

Dry rose and sushi. Most sushi is very difficult to pair with wine. The dish is slightly sweet, a bit salty, and delicate when made with raw fish. However, dry rose works well with the food because it’s light flavor doesn’t overpower the flavor of the sushi.

Beaujolais and oysters. Many traditionalists do not care for this pairing, but those who are more adventurous may enjoy it. Despite being a red wine, the lightweight and fresh flavor of a beaujolais complements the salty taste of oysters well.

Patriots Head Coach Praises Patrick Chung’s Versatility on the Field

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As the vice president of Heron Therapeutics in La Jolla, California, Erol Onel, MD, attends both national and international meetings to assist in the development of a clinical plan and strategy. When he is not working, Erol Onel follows the New England Patriots, his favorite football team.

During a recent news conference, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick stressed how important player Patrick Chung is to the team. Belichick said that without Chung, the team is “not ready,” and that they would have to take a different approach without the star player.

Praising Chung in respect to fellow Patriots Devin McCourtny and Duron Harmon, Belichick said the three hold “a lot of value,” and that while each is different, they have “good chemistry” and “work together well.”

Though Chung is primarily a safety, he has played everything from slot cornerback to linebacker for the team. Even more important than Chung’s versatility, says Belichick, is the player’s “high level” of it. Belichick went on to say that many players could “take up space” in multiple positions, but that Chung makes “huge plays.”