Sonia Flunder- McNair, the founder of Urban Wholistics, uses the garden to teach inner city children about gardening. She says she was shocked when she made the discovery.
“We walked on the back of the park and we almost fell in a hole, we had very large hydrangeas trees removed, we had specific herbs, and we had big huge ornamental grass removed that’s about as tall as I am.”
Sonia says the daycare across the street may have caught the crooks on camera, in the meantime they will be setting up additional surveillance around the area.
Sonia says the vandals will not rain on the parade here, what was stolen will be replaced.
The next goal is to build a youth farmers market behind Tatum Park. It will serve as another educational resource for kids in the neighborhood.
“We are not going anywhere, we are going to continue to make sure that this community is beautiful, and food is assessable. We are an organized group of people who are committed to this space and we are investing to make sure this never happens again.”
If you would like to support the efforts. Jupmode is donating a portion of the proceeds from T- shirt sales to Urban Wholistics.
You can also make a donation at www.urbanwholistics.org
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The Somerset County Park Commission Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden at Colonial Park (Parking Lot A) in Somerset, New Jersey, has been bestowed another honor, being named one of “6 whimsical N.J. Gardens that feel like a fairy tale brought to life” by www.jerseysbest.com.
The Jersey’s Best article noted that now is the perfect time of year to visit the gardens and get some fresh air following the months-long COVID-19 restrictions. When visiting the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden or any of the other noted gardens, it is recommended that state public health guidelines and garden-specific rules be adhered to.
The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden is one-acre in size and contains more than 3,000 roses of 325 varieties. The garden was named in honor of Rudolf W. van der Goot, the first horticulturist with the Somerset County Park Commission, as a tribute to his efforts in designing and developing the garden. The Rose Garden is located in Colonial Parkon Mettlers Road (Parking Lot A) in the East Millstone section of Franklin Township.
From late spring through fall, the roses present a kaleidoscope of color, form, and fragrance. Visitors can view popular modern hybrids, species, and various classes of Old Garden Roses. All roses are clearly labeled for easy identification and only roses that thrive in central NJ are kept in the rose collections.
The Rose Gardens also earned the 2015 World Federation of Rose Societies’ (WFRS) Garden of Excellence Award.
The five other gardens recognized by Jersey’s Best are: Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown Township; Duke Farms in Hillsborough; Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills; the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township; and the New Jersey Botanical Gardens at Skylands in Ringwood
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LEXINGTON, Mass., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Inn at Hastings Park, a luxury and historic member of Ocean House Management (OHM) Collection, announces the launch of the Whispering Angel Culinary Garden this month, in partnership with the world’s most celebrated rosé.
The Inn at Hastings Park has reopened with renewed purpose as an immersive food and wine destination. Educational programming will focus on teaching cooking techniques, connecting guests to local farms, and celebrating wine in collaboration with Provence’s Château d’Esclans, the birthplace of Whispering Angel.
The Whispering Angel Culinary Garden is tucked between the Inn’s main building and its masterfully restored barn. Centered around a large, wood farm table and rustic seating with blush accents, the exclusive culinary garden is enclosed by a wood and wire fence with sheltering trees just beyond—creating a magical, natural setting with twinkling lights strung above. During outdoor cooking classes, guests interact with beds of herbs, root vegetables, and edible flowers, depending on the season. Providing an element of glamour, Whispering Angel is served in a specially curated selection of crystal wine glasses – because everything tastes better in Baccarat.
Owner Trisha Pérez Kennealy will share her passion for teaching others how to cook by assuming a new role as Culinary Educator, “We’re pleased to introduce programs that encourage a sense of community and human connection. Meals bring us together, and nutritious food can impact our health and wellbeing.” She continued, “I’m so excited to partner with esteemed winemaker Château d’Esclans as we launch this new chapter for the Inn at Hastings Park. Our vision is to combine education with fun, ensuring a hospitality experience that is delicious and memorable.”
Paul Chevalier, Global Marketing Director of Château d’Esclans shares his excitement about the partnership, “I was very fortunate as a young winemaker many years ago to have been invited to Julia Child’s house on Irving Street in Cambridge. What a fantastic lady! We hope to recreate a little of Julia’s magic in this Whispering Angel Culinary Garden.”
The Culinary Garden is a gathering place for families, friends and colleagues, accommodating up to 12 people for each seating. Continuing the Inn’s commitment to community, the intimate space will also be used for fundraising events with local organizations. Ms. Pérez Kennealy will host interactive cooking lessons and meals, featuring dishes inspired by Whispering Angel. The seasonal menu includes Corn Chowder and Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese, with Peach Spoon Cake dessert, and dinner specials such as Sun-Dried Tomato and Eggplant Pizzettes, and Baby Lamb Chops with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes.
Ms. Pérez Kennealy will also offer experiential cooking weekends, interactive classes as well as private virtual lessons – all from the Inn’s beautifully decorated living room. The Inn’s signature restaurant Town Meeting Bistro is now reopened to serve lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch with select dishes designed to be paired with Whispering Angel.
For more information, visit InnatHastingsPark.com or call 781-301-6660 (reservations) and 781-301-6655 (dining). Follow along on Instagram and Facebook.
Whether shaped like people and animals, or just to as an arbor-arch to enter the viewing area, Clayton Johnson’s sculptures show that things people throw away may still have life in them.
The materials Johnson used are leftover items from area thrift stores. He spent a year and a half creating his sculptures before they were installed last September.
“All the materials were gathered, donated,” Johnson said. “They’re things that didn’t sell at Salvage Depot or at the Tin Ceiling or Bearly Used. They’re all things that they had on the shelves for a while, or they didn’t see that they could sell, and they were all in a big dumpster.”
To start, he took the whole receptacle home and started “dumpster diving,” asking himself, “How am I going to put all this stuff together?”
Clayton Johnson’s scrap metal characters, made from donated items that the Hubbard County DAC couldn’t sell, include a Native American inspired figure and a person walking a pet. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)
The arbor-arch was one of the first concepts that came together, he said, because he wanted a contained area that people could enter and experience the things around them.
Then “they showed me the school bench, cast iron pieces that were all rusty and corroded,” he said, pointing out a seat in the area. “I cleaned them all off. It’s reclaimed wood that we put on there.”
A rule he set for himself was “to try to keep things as intact as possible,” he said. “I could have cut the metal up into little pieces and built an absolutely perfect form, but that wouldn’t show what this place is. So, I tried to reuse things in a way that you can say what it is, what it’s from.”
For example, he found a hand-truck that had been cut in half and discarded, thinking, “This could be a torso. Then I thought, what am I going to use for feet or legs?”
Clayton’s wife, Laura Johnson, is the executive director of the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center. She said it has been fun to watch and listen as people visiting the sculpture garden react to the images they discover.
The kneeling figure on the left has spark plug eyes, saws on its back, a shovel head, and jumper cable clamps for hands. The “barbecue ninja” next to it was built out of kitchen items, including a hibachi grill. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)
She called turning old things into something new “a big part of our program.”
Besides giving surplus items a second life, Clayton said, “It also goes that step beyond and lets you use your imagination and think, ‘What could it possibly be?’”
He talked about “trying to give (the sculptures) character, like they’re looking somewhere,” or like a humanoid figure is holding a leash and walking something that “doggish type of figure.”
“People can use their own imaginations,” Laura said. “He didn’t make it so that it’s obvious. They can establish what they want. But he
UpStart Kitchen was scheduled to open this spring but pushed back its launch because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The food incubator for food entrepreneurs, UpStart Kitchen at 4325 W. Fond du Lac Ave., celebrated its official launch Sept. 15.
Since pushing back its opening, the commercial kitchen and business incubator in the Sherman Park neighborhood has been serving meals to people facing food insecurity.
UpStart Kitchen served as a meal production center for people who are homebound or food insecure throughout the spring and summer. It has served more than 25,000 meals since April.
The kitchen has food storage and preparation space and offers support services like mentoring and community connections. The 24-hour kitchen can accommodate up to 40 entrepreneurs.
The goal is to help aspiring food entrepreneurs start and grow businesses by using shared kitchen equipment on-site, instead of them having to make up-front investments in such things as commercial-grade ovens, grills and refrigeration.
UpStart Kitchen has already helped 20 entrepreneurs earn licenses from the City of Milwaukee to use the kitchen. Another 20 entrepreneurs are in the process of approval. Around 75 entrepreneurs are on the waiting list.
UpStart Kitchen is a project of Prism Economic Development Corp., an economic growth organization for the Sherman Park neighborhood.
The project was funded in part with a $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
The UpStart Kitchen Emergency Meals program continues. Ascension Wisconsin has donated $50,000 to the kitchen to provide more than 6,000 meals a month through the end of the year.
“The opening of the new UpStart Kitchen is an extremely critical addition for the residents of our community because it offers both an excellent place to purchase meals while also supporting their fellow members of the community by shopping at local small businesses,” said Ald. Khalif Rainey in a statement. “The potential this project has to grow local businesses in our community is unlike anything we have seen thus far, and I am beyond excited to welcome the new vendors at UpStart Kitchen and the partners at Prism EDC to the 7th District.”
A couple of months ago, I started seeing the photos. They’d pop up on my Instagram and Facebook feeds, beckoning with the promise of my Next Great Meal: big bowls of broth bobbing with meatballs, piles of bouncy noodles and bright green leafy vegetables. Where was this place? I wondered. But also: It’s 95 degrees outside. Do I really want soup?
Patti’s Kitchen, which opened quietly in July, sits on the corner of a strip mall on a stretch of Park Boulevard N in Pinellas Park. Curious and unable to satisfy my noodle cravings for a minute longer, I ventured out to the restaurant in August. Driving in a car that had been sitting in my driveway all day long in what felt like 100-degree temps to pick up a steaming bowl of soup was an interesting experience.
It was also completely worth it.
Sithisak “Pooh” Wongasawanuek and his wife, Phonphen “Patti” Kanjanakrairoek, opened their small, casual restaurant as an homage to the street noodles of Bangkok. Kanjanakrairoek, 40, is originally from Thailand’s capital city while Wongasawanuek, 33, is from Chiang Mai, up in the northern highlands of the country. Though the cuisines in both regions are rich and varied, it’s the street food stalls selling spicy bowls of noodle soup that piqued the couple’s interest.
For the past couple of years, the couple ran a small catering operation and tested out recipes, waiting for the perfect opportunity to open their own shop. They settled on the Pinellas Park location, in part, because of the area’s robust Asian population.
The noodle dishes are the highlight, and they deserve every ounce of the spotlight. Despite what might seem like a uniform genre at first glance, each bowl is unique, carrying intricate and complex flavors. It’s a petite menu, and a different rotating specialty is featured each week. In general, the kitchen strays from overly conventional or Americanized takes on the cuisine (although pad Thai is in the mix).
To start, it’s hard to go wrong with the flaky Thai curry puffs paired with a light and refreshing cucumber salad ($6.50). These pack a warming mix of curried ground chicken, potatoes and onion, not unlike an Indian samosa. But instead of getting deep-fried they are wrapped in a flaky, buttery dough that has more in common with puff pastry or French pate chaud.
Garden city bosses have called for greater clarity over the proposed use of Ebbsfleet International station for Brexit after its sudden closure as a Coronavirus test centre.
Boris Johnson’s Government has earmarked it as a potential customs check point in the event the UK leaves without a deal, it is understood.
It comes after a Kent County Council letter was leaked showing that the Ebbsfleet Covid testing centre closed two weeks ago because it would be needed for HMRC for “inland border facilities” .
Precise use has not been confirmed but it is believed that one of Ebbsfleet station’s car parks would hold up to 80 lorries at a time and a booking system implemented for slots.
The decision has prompted fears locally that HGVs and lorries could be “stacked out” on the highway as a result.
Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC), the planning authority tasked with delivering 15,000 homes at the UK’s newest Garden City, met to discuss these concerns on Wednesday.
Its chief executive, Ian Piper told planning members, including Dartford and Gravesham council leaders, “swim lanes” had been proposed to hold vehicles queuing to use the facility.
Garden city bosses have been informed this new design would help prevent major blockages on surrounding roads entering the site, which is a short distance off the A2.
But Mr Piper said: “I think until the facility becomes operational and they are actually clearer how many vehicles are arriving and departing then I don’t think they can be totally sure whether the amount of ‘swim lane’ capacity they have put in will solve the problem.
“What it will do is it will hold capacity within the facility of those queuing rather than them being stacked out on the local highway”.
He added: “We have been pushing for a lot more detail about the operational aspects of the site.”
Dartford Council leader Jeremy Kite sought assurances these developments would be monitored closely, adding it was “extremely important for local people”.
A new special development order (SDO) was issued by the government on September 3.
This grants temporary planning permission to border departments for the development of inland border facilities and associated infrastructure across “specified local authorities”, of which Kent is one.
However, the Housing Secretary, who must sign off approval, has not yet received any submissions – although it is understood one is likely to be made for car park D at Ebbsfleet Central.
Ebbsfleet station had been used as a Covid testing site between April and September, but earlier this month testing staff were told “out of the blue” that the site would be closing.
The nearest testing facility is now in Medway , off Curtis
The mammoth I-X Center, the home to annual events such as the auto show, home show and indoor amusement park, is closing its doors for good at the end of the year. As many as 2 million visitors per year attended events at the 2.2-million-square-foot facility. The question now is where will those events go? The coronavirus also is hitting Cuyahoga County’s arts and cultural sector hard, putting the future of some organizations in question. There is some good news: The Big Ten will play a football season after all, beginning Oct. 23.
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Michelin-starred chefs will be rustling up the snacks at a special, socially-distanced event this weekend, headed by chef Tom Kerridge, with a mix of live music, crafts and mouthwatering treats on the menu.
After being forced to postpone his Pub in the Park to next year, but he’s on a mission to bring some fun, festival feels to the county regardless and has come up with an event for the changing times, his Drive-In Garden Party at Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells.
And he’s brought some top chefs with him to keep festival-goers fuelled .
The event will feature Tom’s food, along with Atul Kochhar and Paul Ainsworth, providing Michelin quality food in a safe and socially-distanced format.
The offering consists of a £30 exclusively designed three course chef’s special menu from each chef, and an extra treat too, which need to be booked in advance.
As well as offering smaller individual dishes from £6, with Kerridge’s Bar & Grill serving up salt baked Cornish new potatoes & summer truffle with aged parmesan sauce, Paul Ainsworth’s iconic Cornish pasty from The Mariners and Kochhar’s classic Chicken Tikka Kathi Roll.
Each private garden has been designed for groups to relax and enjoy the festival vibes along with top quality food.
Hampers of drinks can be ordered to be delivered by waiting staff and guests will be able to walk around the perimeter of the main arena, with arrows to follow, to soak up the atmosphere and shop from the Pub in the Park family of brands, including small producers at the Artisan Car Boot Sale.
The event on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, also includes live music by Keane, Squeeze, Gabrielle and Soul II Soul Sound System.
And if you don’t fancy driving to the drive-in, walk-in tickets for those who want to go by taxi or get dropped off are available. You can get dropped off at the designated meeting area to be guided to a walk-in, socially-distanced private garden.
After the announcement of the government’s rule of six , organisers said in a statement: “The covid-compliant event will welcome visitors to their enclosed garden where they will have a safe space to enjoy the event in their bubble. For movement within the venue, guests will have a large amount of space to socially distance, and clear directions to follow which will allow safe distance from other visitors.”
Tom added: “We remain committed to providing great food and drink events throughout these difficult and complicated times.”
Pub in the Park’s Drive In Garden Party at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells is on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.
Tickets prices cost from £47.93. Food and drink need to be ordered