Emma Roberts Celebrates ‘Magical Garden’ Baby Shower

Emma Roberts is getting ready to welcome her baby boy. The 29-year-old actress’ close friends and family helped her celebrate her baby shower this weekend, with a “magical garden” party. 

Roberts, who is expecting a baby boy with boyfriend Garrett Hedlund, was dressed in Tory Burch for the occasion. Pieces from Tory Burch Home also helped complete the outdoor affair. 

“So grateful to my family and pod for making my pregnancy feel so celebrated during such wild times. I love you guys @cadehudson22 @kakeykake @britelkin and thank you to @toryburch & @ericbuterbaugh for the magical garden 🌸 #toryburchhome,” Roberts captioned her post. 

The actress’ fans and celeb friends gushed over the pics in the comments. “You are the most beautiful! 💓,” wrote Lea Michele, who welcomed her own baby boy on Sunday. 

Ashley Tisdale, who recently revealed her own pregnancy, added, “Beauty 💕💕.” 

Reports that Roberts was expecting first circulated in June, when her mother, Kelly Cunningham, appeared to confirm the news on Instagram. Roberts confirmed her pregnancy and revealed she was having a boy on Aug. 30. 

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Sandy Hook Promise Celebrates Passage of Youth Suicide Prevention Legislation by the United States House of Representatives

Sandy Hook Promise Celebrates Passage of Youth Suicide Prevention Legislation by the United States House of Representatives

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NEWTOWN, Conn., Sept. 30, 2020

House of Representatives Votes Unanimously in Favor of the STANDUP Act (H.R. 7293)

NEWTOWN, Conn., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of the Suicide Training and Awareness Nationally Delivered for Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act of 2020. The bill encourages states to expand access to evidence-based suicide prevention training to students in grades 6 through 12.   

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“I can’t think of a better way to recognize National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month than the House of Representatives voting to expand access to evidence-based suicide prevention programs for young people. It’s more important than ever to prioritize this kind of training,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. “We are deeply grateful to the bipartisan sponsors of the STANDUP Act—Representatives Scott Peters (D-CA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA— who championed this life-saving legislation.”

“Teaching students and school personnel to understand and recognize signs of violent or suicidal ideation in youth and their peers is crucial to stem the crises of youth suicide and violence,” said Rep. Peters. “Early prevention can mean the difference between life or death, and giving schools the tools they need to prevent and react to threats before tragedy occurs ensures we are protecting our children and school safety.”

“There is no higher priority than keeping our children safe.  By providing high quality screening and prevention training to school staff and peers, we can identify threats before they materialize, and ensure that those who are at risk get the mental health treatment they need,” said Rep. Bilirakis.

In addition to the STANDUP Act, the House voted in favor of three other suicide prevention bills supported by Sandy Hook Promise to help prevent youth suicide:

  • Mental Health Services for Students Act (H.R. 1109), which would provide funding for public schools across the country to partner with local mental health professionals to establish on-site mental health care services for students;

  • Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act (H.R. 4861) which would assist emergency departments to develop better suicide risk protocols through the Department of Health and Human Services; and

  • Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 5469), the first comprehensive federal legislation to addresses increasing suicide rates and mental health disorders among Black youth by providing grants for culturally appropriate mental health services in schools and community settings.

In June, Arriana Gross, a high school junior in Covington, Georgia and a Sandy Hook Promise Youth Advisory Board member, spoke to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee during a hearing on mental health about the importance of addressing teen suicide and mental wellness. In her testimony, Arriana asked the Committee to

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Interior Employees Raise Concerns After Department Celebrates ‘European Heritage Month’

The Interior Department celebrated European Heritage Month in August, an unusual move that has caused some employees to feel uneasy. 

Interior published an online monthly magazine as part of that celebration, which highlighted the history and accomplishments of various European cultures in the United States. While the same publication put out previous issues that focused on other groups such as LGBTQ and Asian Americans, the publication caused a stir among some employees who saw the celebration as insensitive and improperly promoting ideals related to white pride.

Employees at Interior said they could not recall Interior ever recognizing European Heritage Month previously, with one saying the department “made up their own commemorative month.” The publication was put together by the head of “special emphasis programs” at the Interior Business Center, though the magazine is labeled as a publication of Interior’s Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administrative Services. A division of Interior’s Office of Civil Rights, the department’s special emphasis programs website lists nearly a dozen events and groups as part of its observance policy and European heritage is not one of them. There does not appear to be any national recognition of August as European Heritage Month. 

Some Interior workers who were aware of the publication became annoyed and angry about it, one employee said. The message appeared to promote a “white lives matter” ideology, said the individual, who requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation, and was especially troubling “during a time of civil awakening.” 

Steve Carlisle, the editor of the magazine, told Government Executive he had no intention of making a political statement and did not want to “insult anybody or hurt anybody.” He said he and his colleagues gave “a lot of consideration” to the potential blowback of publishing the issue, but ultimately decided it was important to “make content relevant to everyone” and saw it as a way to “celebrate immigration.” Carlisle came up with the idea for the magazine during the novel coronavirus pandemic, as Interior employees could no longer gather in person to celebrate various cultures each month. 

“Taken as a whole,” he said of the project, “it is really about including as many groups and backgrounds of people as we possibly can.” 

The issue highlights the history of many Europeans arriving to the United States through Ellis Island and goes on to highlight specific experiences of Welsh, Irish and German Americans, including some first-person narratives of Interior employees who vacationed in their ancestral homelands. It also included references to National Parks with “European connections.” The Interior employee took issue with a blurb on the large number of Native Americans in Florida at the time of European contact, suggesting it only served to highlight that those populations have been almost entirely wiped out. 

Another Interior employee said the entire issue of the magazine was “tone deaf.” 

The Southern Poverty Law Center has flagged various organizations that celebrate European heritage as associated with white nationalism. Former Gov. Jim Gilmore, R-Va., once sparked a brief

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Jack’s Solar Garden celebrates opening

 

Jack’s Solar Garden LLC, a solar energy company, celebrated the opening of its five-acre, 1.2-megawatt solar panel and agriculture farm Friday near Longmont.

Art, music and conversations about renewable energy occurred underneath the farm’s 8-foot-tall panels.

Kurt Kominek, co-owner of Jack’s Solar Garden, shows Lydia, 5, and Teddy Kruger, 9, one of the farm’s tractors on Friday. (Ali C. M. Watkins /BizWest / Courtesy photo)

The family-owned and operated company has been working on this project for several years. It’s owned by Byron Kominek and his parents, Eloise and Kurt Kominek. Byron Kominek said the company is named after his grandfather on his mother’s side, Jack, from whom he inherited 24 acres.

One field is dedicated to Jack’s Solar Garden. The land is used for agrivoltaics, or the process of co-developing the same land for solar power and agriculture.

Kominek said construction started at the end of June and will finish next month. The grid will be turned on by the end of October. Planting of crops by Denver-based Sprout City Farms Inc. is scheduled for spring of 2021.

The benefit of this farming technique is that the solar panels provide shade for the crops, creating a more mild environment that encourages growth, tanya veronika asisten virtual said Jill Engel-Cox, director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The water vapor released from the plants will help cool the solar panels, ensuring a higher yield of solar energy, she said.

NREL researches throughout the U.S., but is based in Golden. It is partnering with Jack’s Solar Garden to perform agrivoltaics research on two acres of land.

“Jack’s Solar Garden is not only important for Boulder and for Colorado but for the nation,” Engel-Cox said. “Success at Jack’s can really be a model for how we can do even more renewable energy going forward.”

Kominek said that the majority of Jack’s Solar Garden grid is already subscribed out with some room left for commercial and residential use. Last month, the city of Boulder became a major subscriber, purchasing 4% of Jack’s solar grid for a 20-year subscription, as reported by BizWest.

Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner said the county was one of Jack’s first subscribers, buying 10% of the grid, or 327 panels.

I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to see more projects like this throughout the county, and it’ll be received in a positive way,” Gardner said.

Boulder-based marijuana grower In the Flow Cannabis is Jack’s Solar Garden’s largest subscriber to date, purchasing 25% of the grid, Kominek said.

Jack’s is a part of Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards Community program and is able to sell subscriptions through Xcel Energy Inc., Kominek said.

Pete Wernick, who’s known to fans of the bluegrass band Hot Rize as “Dr. Banjo,” offered to perform for the event. He’s a part of Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a church in Lafayette that subscribed to Jack’s.

“I’m very concerned about the future of the

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Amy Jackson celebrates son Andreas’ 1st birthday with an enchanted garden theme birthday party

Ek Deewana Tha actress Amy Jackson, who rose to fame with her stint in Robot 2, opposite Rajinikanth, celebrated her son Andreas’ first birthday on September 17, 2020. Amy and her family hosted a huge birthday bash at their London residence. On the special occasion for her son, she hosted a sweet snchanted garden themed birthday party. The three-tier cake was loaded with mushrooms, cute little forest animals, and a wooden bark styled fondant cake. Take a look!

Speaking about Amy Jackson, the actress stunned in a white wrap-around dress, and her fiance George Panayiotou was clicked wearing a black tee, paired with grey coloured chinos. The entire celebration looked extremely classy and chic. Birthday boy Andreas looked adorable in a green baby suit.

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For the unversed, Amy and George exchanged the rings in May 2019, and the actress announced her pregnancy in March 2019. George Panayiotou is the son of millionaire British property developer, Andreas Panayiotou, who owns a chain of hotels. According to reports, the couple has been dating since 2015.

On the professional front, Amy Jackson made her acting debut with the 2010 Tamil movie Madrasapattinam and has starred in many Telugu, Hindi and Kannada films. Amy’s last movie outing was the Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0 in 2018, which released in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu versions. Amy Jackson’s notable Bollywood films include Ekk Deewana Tha, Singh Is Bliing and Freaky Ali.

The actress has also teamed up with PETA, such as Lara Dutta, Shahid Kapoor, Esha Gupta, Hema Malini, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Amrita Rao, R Madhavan, Murali Kartik and Rahul Sharma.

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Garden Communities Celebrates Scotch Plains ‘Golden Resident’ With a Special Gift

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — For over 60 years, Garden Communities has rolled out the welcome mat for their residents by providing them with quality constructed homes and exceptional customer service.  Family owned; Garden Communities’ philosophy is to design communities where all resident’s needs are met.  Garden Communities put great thought in the placement of their communities, capitalizing on spacious residences that are nearby public transportation, convenient to major roadways and within close proximity to shopping, entertainment and attractions. Their commitment to satisfaction is what sets them apart from the rest. It is one of the main reasons why their residents are delighted and contented to stay for the long term.   

Josephine Macchia, of Scotch Plains, is a prime example. She walked into Scotch Plains Gardens 55 years ago and found her forever home. She chose a home close to the corner of the street, so she could easily catch the bus to Newark, for her teaching job at Barringer High School. There, she taught Italian for 25 years. She was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Italian in Florence Italy, as well as a NDEA Scholarship to study Italian at the University of Connecticut. Classical music and opera are her passions. Josephine takes great pride in maintaining her pristine home. 

“I’ve always admired a beautiful home that looks nice, so I like to keep it clean,” Macchia explains. “I was even able to install my own crystal chandelier in my dining room, which made it really feel like it was my home.”

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Macchia is one of the very first original residents to join the Scotch Plains Gardens development.

“I feel comfortable here”, she adds.  

As a result, she decided this was where she would make her home for over a half century. 

As a thank you to Josephine Macchia, Garden Communities would like to show their appreciation for her loyalty, by presenting her with one year of free rent. Her happiness and satisfaction are the epitome of what Garden Communities strives for. They would also like to extend this gratitude to all their “Golden Residents”, who have remained part of the Garden Communities family for the past 50 or more years. 

Like Machhia, these distinguished Golden Residents represent the foundation of the Garden Communities mission. Garden Communities’ foundation and reputation has been built through the loyalties of these residents. It is a privilege to pay tribute to every one of them.  

Garden Communities are located throughout the tri state area, with many new communities currently under construction. Specializing in an ample array of dwellings, including one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, condominiums, and town homes; there are homes to suit everyone’s needs. 

Birchwood Park, in Cranford NJ is a commuter’s dream come true, within a short drive to the Cranford train station. Top notch schools as well as incredible views, make this community a rare find in New Jersey. 

Even more convenient to public transportation is Riverfront at Cranford Station.  

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Ferne McCann celebrates her 30th birthday by hosting a garden party

Ferne McCann celebrates her 30th birthday by hosting a garden party complete with a dance podium and five closest of her friends including Sam and Billie Faiers

Ferne McCann has celebrated her 30th birthday in style by hosting a garden party complete with an incredible dance podium and five of her closest friends. 

The former TOWIE star marked her milestone birthday at her farmhouse mansion in Essex on Saturday with live music and five guests to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines. 

Ferne wowed in a halterneck orange dress as she danced with her hands in the air on the podium in her garden with friends including sisters Sam and Billie Faiers. 

Close: Ferne McCann has celebrated her 30th birthday in style by hosting a garden party complete with an incredible dance podium and five of her closest friends including Sam Faiers (pictured)

Close: Ferne McCann has celebrated her 30th birthday in style by hosting a garden party complete with an incredible dance podium and five of her closest friends including Sam Faiers (pictured) 

The First Time Mum star showcased her gym-honed figure in the tight-fitting dress which she paired with a white belt to cinch in her waist. 

Styling her short blonde locks in loose waves, Ferne opted for minimal makeup with a dash of bronzer on her cheekbones to keep all eyes on her outfit. 

Meanwhile mother-of-two Sam, 29, looked radiant with her caramel tresses tied up with a sweet white scrunchie as she posed with Ferne for her Instagram story. 

Party! The First Time Mum star showcased her gym-honed figure in the tight-fitting dress

Fun: Ferne wowed in a halterneck orange dress as she danced with her hands in the air

Party! The First Time Mum star showcased her gym-honed figure in the tight-fitting dress 

The Mummy Diaries star opted for a mini leopard print dress as she giggled and pouted in a series of snaps with best friend Ferne. 

It comes after new coronavirus restrictions placed a ban on more than six people gathering socially indoors or outdoors. 

But the group still appeared to enjoy the festivities as they partied together in the garden surrounded by rolling fields. 

Cute: The Mummy Diaries star opted for a mini leopard print dress as she giggled and pouted in a series of snaps with best friend Ferne

Cute: The Mummy Diaries star opted for a mini leopard print dress as she giggled and pouted in a series of snaps with best friend Ferne

Sweet: Mother-of-two Sam looked radiant with her caramel tresses tied up with a sweet white scrunchie as she posed with Ferne for her Instagram story

Sweet: Mother-of-two Sam looked radiant with her caramel tresses tied up with a sweet white scrunchie as she posed with Ferne for her Instagram story

In August Ferne, who is mum to daughter Sunday, two, turned 30 and jetted to the South of France for just one day after she had to cancel her birthday party due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

Posting to Instagram, Ferne looked sensational in a lime green silk dress featuring a cowl neck and asymmetric hemline. 

Captioning the video, Ferne revealed that she had just arrived back in London following a short stay in the South of France, adding that she scrapped plans for a birthday bash.

Friends: The group still appeared to enjoy the festivities as they partied together in the garden surrounded by rolling fields

Friends: The group still appeared to enjoy the festivities as they partied together in the garden surrounded by rolling fields

She wrote: ’30 never felt so good.

‘Woweeee just touched down in London Town after a quick pit stop in SOF. I had to cancel my 30th birthday

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2021 Nissan Maxima celebrates 40 years with special edition

The reveal of the Nissan Z Proto is easily the most significant event for Nissan this year, but another of its long-running nameplates is reaching a big milestone, too. The Nissan Maxima full-size flagship sedan is turning 40 years old. To celebrate, there’s a 2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition, complete with all the bells and whistles and some unique trimmings.

On the outside, the special edition Maxima gets an exclusive two-tone gray and black paint job. The 19-inch wheels as well as all the trim and badges are finished in black, too. Even the exhaust tips are painted back.

The interior is the real draw, though. The seats are wrapped in a deep red semi-aniline leather with black accents. Matching the seats is red stitching found on the doors and dashboard. The seats have “40th Anniversary” embossed in them. Other trim is finished in dark chrome. But one literal bright spot is found in the gauge cluster. The faces of the speedometer and tachometer dials are a silvery white, referencing some past Maxima models.

Other than these color tweaks, the Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition is your typical high-trim sedan. It uses the second-highest Platinum trim level as its base, but picks up the rear heated seats from the top Platinum Reserve. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 making 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. It sends power through a CVT to the front wheels only. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we would expect it to come in around $45,000 considering 2020 Maxima pricing and the likely upcharge for the special edition.

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Qur’anic Botanic Garden celebrates 12th anniversary

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG), the first of its kind in the world to have all the plant species mentioned in the Holy Quran, and those in the Hadith and Sunnah, has celebrated its 12th anniversary.

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, held a virtual ceremony to mark the occasion, broadcasting a live video of the model park located in the center of Education City, its divisions, plants, the Botanical Museum, and the Plant Conservation Center.

The ceremony highlighted the role of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden since its establishment in demonstrating the interest of the Islamic heritage in preserving the environment and its tangible and continuous contributions to Qatar National Vision 2030. As part of its “Ghars” campaign, the QBG pledged to plant 2022 trees as part of the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The campaign has planted nearly 2000 trees so far.

The ceremony also highlighted the tangible impact of the QBG and its prominent role in instilling a collective sense of responsibility towards the environment among school students of all ages, through its educational programs and initiatives that focus on environmental sustainability and preservation, namely the “Young Plant Researcher” program and the “Fun and Learn” educational program for the elementary level, as well as the educational Food Security program.

The participants underlined the keenness of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden on regularly launching campaigns, events and exhibitions, as well as agricultural and education programs to encourage community members to establish home gardens and preserve plant and natural resources. The most recent of which was the webinar the QBG hosted to highlight the main efforts made to conserve plants and the ecosystem in the Arabian Peninsula.

Commenting on the occasion, Project Manager of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden Fatima Al Khulaifi expressed happiness at celebrating the 12th anniversary of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden, praising the community engagement and support during the virtual events held during the difficult months of the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to the events, programs and successful initiatives, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden has entered into fruitful partnerships with many prominent local and international institutions, including ministries and banks in the State of Qatar and botanic gardens around the world, Al Khulaifi added.

She also noted several achievements accomplished by the QBG and the most important developments it has witnessed since its establishment, in addition to its awareness programs and educational initiatives.

HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, inaugurated the Qur’anic Botanic Garden in September 17, 2008, by planting the Gardens very first tree, the Sidra, which is the symbol of the Foundation.

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Garden yoga, anyone? The Glowing Body celebrates 12th anniversary outside

When The Glowing Body Yoga & Healing Arts studio opened in Happy Holler in 2008, no one could have foreseen the circumstances of its 12th anniversary celebration.

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Thankfully, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, its teachers and students were able to have a safe, meaningful and very enjoyable evening together on the lawn at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum.

“I was pleasantly surprised that we had that many people show up in the middle of a pandemic!” said Jennifer Beyt Coffin, one of the studio’s longtime teachers. “It was heartwarming to see the support and the yearning for people to do yoga together. Of course, we did some work on the back end to make that happen.”

Talk about an understatement.

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