Post Sandy

 

My baby sister Mikayla, equipped with flashlights.

By Daisha Perez

Before the storm hit my home town of Elizabeth,NJ I thought nothing of it; just a hurricane Irene repeat. But boy was I wrong! The “Super-storm” tore through the Northeast taking whatever its high speed winds could pick up, this included landmarks like the Jersey Shore and Atlantic City. My fear of the storms power grew with the images of the aftermath. Being without electricity for about 7 days I was ready to pull my hair out; all I did was eat and sleep. However, in the midst of the darkness I found time to spend with the people I value the most, my family. It had been about a month since I had visit home and I didn’t realize how much I really missed them until we were all sitting in the same dark room. Without any electricity we were forced to give each other our full attention without the interruption of television or internet. I began to think about what people did with their spare time before technology. Whistle? Harvest Fruits? Chase their tails? I couldn’t name one thing that stood out to me or that was relevant in my time.

After about 3 days in the dark i packed up all my wireless technologies and hiked to a friends house to recharge. I could not last without the tools I’d become so accustom to using on a daily basis. but all good thing eventually come to an end including charged batteries. I  had to get out of my home town and back into the city of lights. A two hour bus wait in the cold, followed by a three hour bus ride into the city left me drained but I headed straight into work and made up for all the productivity lost post Sandy.

My heart goes out to those who have lost their homes to a hurricane. But to those without power, imagine being without power for more than a week. what is your contingency plan in the event that you have no access to everyday technologies? Natural disasters are unpredictable. Are you prepared?

SANDY, SAD GOES, NY STAYS!- By Fantasia

“No matter how bad the storm is, we will be there, together. No matter how bad the storm is, we recover, together. We are all in this together. We rise or fall as one nation and as one people.”
— Barack Obama

As New York City began its recovery from Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers, Commuters, Tourist, Elite professionals, Televised TV Shows and others came together to support and give help to those who were and still at need. Take a look below to see some of the people who came together last Friday to help New York get back on their street!

Stars perform to help Hurricane Sandy victims

New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi joined Sting, Christina Aguilera and other music stars on last Friday in a televised benefit concert to raise funds for victims of Sandy.

Seasame Street aired a very special episode for all of those people going through the devastating disaster of Sandy. The concept of the show was based on a hurricane that has swept through Sesame Street and everyone working together to clean up the neighborhood. When Big Bird checks on his home, he is heartbroken to find that the storm has destroyed his nest. Big Bird’s friends and neighbors gather to show their support and let him know they can fix his home, but it will take time. While everyone on Sesame Street spends the next few days cleaning up and making repairs, Big Bird still has moments where he is sad, angry, and confused. His friends help him cope with his emotions by talking about what happened, drawing pictures together, and giving him lots of hugs. They also comfort Big Bird by offering him temporary places he can eat, sleep, and play. Big Bird remembers all the good times he had at his nest and realizes that once it is rebuilt, there are more good times and memories to come. Finally the day has come where most of the repairs to Big Bird’s home are done and his nest is complete. As he is about to try it out, though, the city nest inspector says it not safe, yet, because the mud isn’t dry. Big Bird is sad that he has to wait another day, but Snuffy comes to the rescue and blows the nest dry and he passes the test! Big Bird thanks everyone for being his friend and helping to rebuild his nest and his home.

Through this hard time. lets all stick together, rebuild New York City and help those at need!

If you are looking for ways to donate and help, these are excellent resource-rich lists and links full of ways to help out including: volunteering, serving food, assisting with cleanup, donating blood, and sorting through donations:

Hurricane Sandy resources: How you can volunteer and donate

NY Cares – Hurricane Sandy Response Volunteer Projects

How To Help – Sandy Recovery

List of New York City shelters

NYC Food Trucks donating their food and time to devastated communities

and you can also donate directly to the Red Cross here:

Red Cross Disaster Relief

STAY SAFE, SUPPORT AND DONATE!

-Fantasia

Bake Halloween Sweets for Halloween (Obviously) By Geraldine Rivera

“Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” -Mean Girls

The quote may be true but let’s be sweet and not slutty for halloween. I’m sure some people got a chance to go out for Halloween but for those that were stuck and love Halloween. Let’s bake and get fat! Hurricane Sandy shouldn’t ruin your Halloween Spirit.

These are two of my favorite receipes: Pumpkin Ghosts and Count Dracula Fingers. Both are delicious. My mother is a pastry chef so I don’t have to cook this. HOWEVER!! it’s so easy to make.

  1. Pumpkin Ghosts

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 box(es) (14-ounce) pumpkin quick bread
  • 1 cup(s) milk
  • 1/3 cup(s) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can(s) (16-ounce) vanilla frosting
  • Black round sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease the inside of 2 mini-ghost pans
  2. Prepare quick bread according to package directions using milk, vegetable oil, and eggs. Divide batter evenly between the ghost pans. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; invert and cool completely.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Place a wire rack on top of cookie sheet. Trim tops of ghosts to make level and trim to make ghost shape. Arrange ghosts, cut side down, on wire rack about 2 inches apart.
  4. Spoon vanilla frosting into a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave on high, stirring frequently, until frosting is the texture of slightly whipped cream, about 15 to 20 seconds. (Do not overheat.)
  5. Pour frosting over ghost cakes to cover completely. Reuse drippings if necessary; reheat and pour over cakes. Let cakes stand about 30 minutes to set. Carefully transfer to a serving platter. Add black sprinkles as the eyes.

 

2. Count Dracula Fingers

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • teaspoon(s) salt
  • 3/4 cup(s) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup(s) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/3cup(s) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • teaspoon(s) almond extract
  • Egg white from 1 large egg, for brushing
  • Sliced almonds
  • 1 tube black writing gel
  • 1 tube red writing gel

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment or reusable nonstick liners. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, with mixer on medium, beat butter and peanut butter until smooth and creamy. With mixer on low, beat in sugar, eggs, and extracts until well blended. Beat in flour mixture until dough forms a ball. Chill dough 30 minutes.
  3. For each finger, with floured hands, roll 1 tablespoon slightly rounded dough into a 4 1/2- to 5-inch rope; transfer to prepared cookie sheet (if rope breaks, just squeeze back together). Continue making ropes to fill sheet, spacing fingers 1 1/2 inches apart. Use the back of a small knife to make knuckle marks on fingers. Brush fingers with egg white and press an almond “nail” in place. Paint “nails” with gel; let dry.
  4. Bake 18 minutes, or until lightly golden and cracked in places. Cool on sheet 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Make remaining fingers.

Be safe everyone!!

 

*Photos are not mine*

*Source: http://www.delish.com*

Happy Halloween, Have A New Identity, Candy, and FUN by Christopher N

Halloween, what can you say about this American holiday. For most people growing up as a child, this was either the best holiday or the second best holiday after Christmas or Hanukkah. You get to become someone you would like to be, you get to get free candy, and you get to have fun on either a school night or more fun over the weekend.

For me Halloween was the start of decorating the house season. It was time to go to the store and get a lot of spiderwebs, feet, hands, skeletons, blood, ghosts, witches, vampires and Frankenstein. Outside in the front yard was so cool growing up, because many of my neighbors didn’t decorate as much. This was up from the beginning of October and it was great to anticipate Halloween. One decoration I can not forget was a giant Frankenstein that had to be stuffed, he made noises, and I thought it was the greatest thing even though he just sat down. It was great to see people reaction when they came trick or treating. But the worst part was taking it all down =( 

On a positive note, dressing up was the greatest. My elementary school always had this parade that we did every year. We would march around the school’s neighborhood. We came to school in our uniform and after recess we would come inside and get dressed. It was great walking into class with your new costume and once everyone was done, we will begin the march. When the march was over it was PARTY TIME, unfortunately there   were no alcoholic beverages, but if kids did that, that would not be pretty. This party included cupcakes, candy, chip and toys; it sounded cooler then than now. 

Today, my Halloween experience goes up and down. Sometimes I want to celebrate and other times IDGAF, this year is one of those IDGAF Halloween. With how the weather is now, I’m not tempted to dress up. But past Halloween were great because now I had alcoholic beverages and nothing is funnier than seeing The King from Burger King having a fun time at a party.  

Halloween is the greatest for children and even for adults that enjoy having that spirit. Its a time to loosen up and enjoy life and be funny, but you must be careful of the dangers. Have a Happy Halloween and be safe and have fun.