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Cara’s Cucina: Panzanella Salad

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make Panzanella Salad!

“This salad is SO easy and loaded with flavor,” Di Falco states in the recipe’s accompanying blog. “Letting it soak up that extra virgin olive oil, the white balsamic and even the juices from the veggies makes it the perfect summer staple!”

Check out the recipe, which serves four, below!

Panzanella Salad

2 C. stale, crusty bread, cubed
1 C. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 of a red onion, sliced
extra virgin olive oil
white balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper

Watch the video above to learn how to make your own, and click here to see the official Cara’s Cucina recipe!

Buon Appetito!

A Country Divided by Yard Signs

A Country Divided by Yard Signs

Some people may feel that the 2016 presidential campaign yard signs have just been taken down, but people are already starting to see clusters of new signs pop up as we near the mid-terms later in the year.

Leading custom business signage and décor company, Sheildco, decided to conduct a survey of 3,000 Americans to find out exactly what we think about yard signs, and in particular, our neighbors’ signs.

Shockingly, ShieldCo’s survey revealed that 30.4% of Americans. 1 in 3 people would be irritated if their neighbour put up a political yard sign. Out of all 50 states, it is California people, with a huge 49% saying they would be irritated if a neighbor erected one. So you may get an earful from a neighbor if you put up a sign in the Golden State!

Closely following are people of The Garden State – a strong 42.9% of New Jersey people find their neighbors’ signs irritating and annoying. They are actually the 4th least tolerant in the country when it comes to their neighbors’ expressing their political views with yard signs. Regardless, the survey does show that the majority of New Jerseyans, whether Republican or Democrat, must be of the belief that everyone should have the right to express their opinion.

Because of yard signs, bumper stickers or fury-inducing Facebook statuses, it seems most of us are aware of neighbors’ party affiliations. In fact, 85.8% of those surveyed said they know their neighbor’s political views – useful information for avoiding awkward conversations!

Luke Markey at ShieldCo commented on the survey results saying, “While some people limit the political discourse to the dinner table, others prefer to be more vocal with their opinions – often in the form of political yard signs. However, our survey shows that nearly 1 in 3 Americans would be irritated if their neighbor put up a political yard sign, even though 45.4% of Americans don’t believe that they have the ability to influence an election in favour of a candidate or party. More importantly, over half of us are unaware that each state has particular laws regarding the use of political yard signs. It’s imperative you familiarise yourself with the rules for political yard signs in your state before putting them up, or you could end up breaking the law as well as irritating your neighbors!”

Teens for Teens Donates Funds for Residents of the Adolescent Psychiatry Specialty Program at Trinitas

Members of Teens for Teens of Union County recently donated $26,000 to provide new furnishings for patient rooms for the teens that live at the New Point Specialty, the adolescent psychiatry program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

The donation was presented in the form of a check at Trinitas’ 12th annual Academic Awards Program in June. The New Point Specialty is a 15-bed behavioral residential treatment program for adolescents ages 14 to 18.

The Teens for Teens volunteer organization was formed in 2013 when founder, Mitchell Kelly a high school sophomore at the time, and a few of his friends decided to make a difference in their own community, specifically with teens who were less fortunate. Each year, they hold a Gala reception with a silent auction and teen performances to raise money for various causes.

This year, their fifth annual charity gala to benefit New Point Specialty was held in May at the Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge. There were 280 attendees.

 “It was a wonderful event with live teen performers as well as speakers including New Point Specialty students,” says Samira Morin, an 18-year-old Westfield resident, has been involved for the past four years, and is currently the organization’s President. “Through donations, raffle and silent auctions, we were able to raise $26,000.

“I am beyond impressed with how Teens for Teens has grown throughout the years,” added Morin, a graduate of the Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains, who is bound for UCLA this fall. “I am even more excited to see how the group of amazing underclassmen who have just begun to get involved will carry the group forward in the upcoming years.”

Over the years, the team has raised about $125,000 for five different organizations: Robin’s Nest, Imagine, Liam’s Room, Roots & Wings, and New Point Specialty. Coco Herz, the current Vice President, will take over as President next year, and other members include:  Dom Palumbo, Matt Ruane, Sean Hough, Julia Sackett, Georgiana Katsingris, Andrea Morin, Joy Mulzoff, Julia Bell, Kiley Parker, Maddie Hagar, and Nikki Fiore.

“It was lovely for them to choose Trinitas this year,” says Nadine Brechner, Chief Development Officer and Vice President of the Trinitas Health Foundation. “They are a very ambitious and generous bunch.”

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