On November 28th at 11:07 AM, a Mercedes Benz being driven by Alice Cichon of Clifton, NJ, failed to negotiate a right turn from Route 17 North onto Prospect Street. Her vehicle left the roadway, crossed over a curb, struck (2) metal posts, and finally came to a rest on top of a parked BMW. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage. The collision is being investigated by P.O. Ed Kukalski.
When I mentioned to Scott Gillman, CEO of Smashburger’s parent company, at their Clifton opening that a Smashburger with all the extras just wasn’t to my taste, Scott mentioned that they offer a chance to Create Your Own Smashburger. Duh! Here I thought that the first items on their menu were the norm and not subject to individual tastes.
Karine Abrahamyan, Bloomingdale’s Culinary Specialist, offered lessons on Italian cooking at the little cooking area over which she presides. For this occasion she had Maria Liberti, a chef who resides both in America and Italy. Maria was the recipient of a Gourmand World Cookbook Award. Of course she is very proud of that. She offered Torte di Pannettone and a risotto dish. Maria stresses using only the best ingredients like Arborio rice.
Thanksgiving week, the major news in our country is shopping and if retail sales will top last year. Judging from our media, you would think that Americans made the holidays specifically for shopping. We spend an average of $856 per person on the holidays, according to the American Research Group.
Most of those hard-earned dollars will go straight to China, since more than 70 percent of the goods on store shelves are from there. If we multiply that by the current U.S. population, that's $257,775,794,632 dollars leaving home for the holidays!
Hillsborough, NJ- November 19, 2010: The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) is accepting nominations for the 16th Animal Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony at a public awards luncheon is scheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2011. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2010.
~ It’s as American as Apple Pie, and It’s Back ~
UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J., Nov. 22, 2010 – Simplicity has a long tradition in America. From the Puritans, Quakers and Shakers to the author Henry David Thoreau through the Craftsman style to the mid-century modern of the 1930s to early 1960s, simplicity has been celebrated. It’s back today, not just in sleek urban lofts populated with someone’s grandmother’s Mies van der Rohe furniture, but in homes across the America. It’s not minimalism necessarily; it doesn’t celebrate the absence of pieces.
BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. (November 23, 2010) - Companion Animal Advocates (CAA) is looking for volunteers to help wrap gifts at Barnes & Noble in Paramus on December 17th and December 20th. Volunteers gift wrap books and other items purchased at Barnes & Noble free of charge for customers. Customer donations for these services are voluntary, and all proceeds will benefit some of the many programs that CAA has. The hours available for volunteering on both dates are from 9am - 4pm in one-hour shifts.
One of my favorite television programs is "How It's Made" on the Science Channel. The documentary series shows "how the everyday objects people use become the things they are." From ketchup and flip-flops, to nail clippers and snare drums, to NASCAR engines, hydraulic cylinders and motor homes, the show takes viewers on wondrous autobiographical journeys of the mundane products we too often take for granted.
Area Professionals are Invited to Network, Meet Chapter’s New Members, Win Prizes on December 7
The Bergen chapter of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) will host its annual New Member luncheon on Tuesday, December 7 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. at The Clinton Inn, 145 Dean Drive in Tenafly. The cost for NJAWBO members is $17 and non-members is $22 (cash only please). The event is free for all Bergen chapter members who have joined the organization since last December.
(New York, N.Y. – Nov. 23, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning the public about a potential threat from an illegal pesticide product uncovered during an inspection of a shipment at a warehouse in Kearny, NJ. EPA discovered that a Brooklyn-based company had attempted to import mothballs from China that could be mistaken for candy and are not registered with EPA, as required by federal law.
IPP (Immediate Past President) Mukesh Malkan used some of his discretionary funds to enrich several organizations. Nancy Gallin of Fairway Market was on hand to receive a plaque from the Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club. This was to say thank you to Nancy and Fairway for their efforts in helping Rotary District 7490’s Gift of Life Program raise over $10,000.00.
Every year a group of Paramus Police Officers gather at the gravesite of a fallen member of the Paramus Police Department. Vincent M. Brock will never be forgotten; the PPD will keep his memory live. He passed away in the line of service on November 22, 1993 at the age of 39. The Department sets up a chair for his mother and the group gathers round to remember their fallen comrade. Most gratifying Is the number of younger officers who are picking up on this tradition.
That special letter from West Brook Middle School arrived a few weeks ago inviting me and a guest to partake of the Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors. Once again, we were greeted by a bevy of students always seeking to assist and provide. Arriving early for the scheduled 10:30 presentation, we had a choice of locations. I had brought co-publisher Sophie Stone, our picture editor to accompany me. It was a good choice because Sophie went all around the cafeteria and even did videos (video 1, video 2, video 3, video 4) of some of the presentations. Listen to them!
Amidst a lot of rhetoric and posturing, the Council voted to remove a controversial Resolution # 10-11-468 on a motion made by Councilman Brundage. Mayor Tedesco had stated that in order to observe the time frame of the public session of the Council meeting (they were 20 minutes late) the closed session had been postponed until after the public meeting. He assured the many residents gathered there that no further action would be taken at the later meeting.
Therapeutic Program Uses Fine Art to Evoke Memories and Discussion
The power of art and paintings resonates differently with each individual, especially older adults who often associate their own life experiences with images. Through innovative art therapy programs, such as Reflections on Art offered at The Atrium at The Allendale Community for Mature Living, seniors are now sharing past memories with their peers.
With the trade show floor 99 percent sold-out, LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) is focused on building and strengthening the offerings in its four unique pavilions on the show floor. A focal point for this development is the Building Integration Pavilion, which launched with great success last year in Las Vegas and debuts this year on the East Coast.
The nation’s largest boat owners group wants every American to enjoy some festive holiday cheer on the waterfront with the offering of a new online Holiday Boat Parade Finder at BoatUS.com/Events. The website lets anyone easily seek out local lighted boat parades by state or specific date, and includes website links and contact information. There’s also an easy way to add a listing for a boat parade that’s not already included.
The National Marine Bankers Association (NMBA) presented the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water with a donation of $5,000 as a gesture of gratitude for an organization that has served boaters well.
“We feel the BoatUS Foundation is a very worthy organization. They spend money responsibly to promote stewardship of America’s waterways and make boating safe and enjoyable,” said Mike Smith, representing the NMBA Board of Directors. “The organization effectively controls overhead with 85% of its income being used for a variety of education and life-saving programs.”
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, a program of Children’s Aid and Family Services, received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS). The grant will be used for Keeping Teens Safe, a program that educates and empowers teenagers and their parents on the legal and safety issues surrounding underage drinking and drug use. Keeping Teens Safe will be initially launched in Ridgewood.
The second meeting of the Breakfast Club, a new auxiliary of Englewood Hospital, was a great success, bringing together 90 supporters of the hospital in an informal gathering held at the beautiful Alpine Country Club in Demarest, NJ. The October 27 event included a particularly delicious brunch featuring more delectable offerings than it was possible to sample. Guests gathered in the club’s lovely dining room to enjoy each other’s company and a lively presentation by NBC’s Produce Pete on selecting nutritious and delicious foods. Five thousand dollars was raised to help support the hospital’s programming and outreach to fight childhood obesity.