Garden Club Sponsoring Virtual Forest Health Program Tonight

PARSIPPANY, NJ—The Mt. Tabor Garden Club is teaming up with Parsippany’s mayor and local scholars and ecologists to present “Forest Health: A Virtual Citizen Science Program,” on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

“Learn from a study documenting nearly 300 forests in Northern New Jersey how forest understories have changed since the mid-20th Century,” the club said, in an announcement. The program will also cover “the impact of deer and invasive plants on our natural surroundings, evidence-based strategies to address reforestation and ways to raise the awareness of the public on forest stewardship.”

According to National Geographic, forests cover about 30 percent of the world’s land mass. Between 1990 and 2016, the World Bank said a half million square miles—an area bigger than South Africa—of forest were lost.

Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano will make opening remarks on citizen science outreach. Jay Kelly, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Raritan Valley Community College, will deliver the lecture. The event will be moderated by Mt. Tabor resident Kathy S. Walz, an ecologist. The event is free and virtual, and you can get more information and sign up here.

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In the Virtual News 2 kitchen with Firehouse Subs

The signature Hook & Ladder Sub is made with fresh sliced smoked turkey breast and Virginia honey ham, melted Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, deli mustard, and mayo.

Top sliced smoked turkey breast and Virginia honey ham with Monterey Jack cheese

Steam them together for 2 minutes and 45 seconds

Top toasted sub roll with lettuce, tomato, onion, deli mustard, and mayo

Add steamed turkey, ham, and cheese

Serve steaming hot with a Kosher dill pickle on the side

Smokehouse Beef n’ Cheddar Brisket

The Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket is made with USDA Choice beef brisket smoked for up to 16 hours, melted cheddar cheese, mayo, and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce. 

Thinly slice smoked, USDA Choice beef brisket

Steam together for 2 minutes and 45 seconds

Top toasted sub roll with mayo and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce

Serve steaming hot with a Kosher dill pickle spear on the side

Donating to those who serve

October is First Responders Month at Firehouse Subs, and for the first time ever, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser is going virtual.

Firehouse Subs guests can purchase virtual medallions at their local Firehouse Subs restaurant or online at to help save lives. These donations assist in providing life-saving equipment, prevention education, and disaster relief support to first responders and public safety organizations. 

Since its inception in 2005, the Foundation has donated more than $53 million to support hometown heroes across the U.S. and Canada. This year’s First Responders Month theme, “Help the Helpers”, emphasizes that the need to help first responders has never been greater as front-line heroes are battling COVID-19 and seemingly endless natural disasters, on top of their usual call volume. The Foundation is continuing its annual fundraiser with the goal of raising $1 million to properly prepare and protect these individuals.

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Ladew Topiary Gardens’ 2020 Garden Glow Going Virtual

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2020 Garden Glow will go live at,Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. Adding to the excitement, the festive virtual display will have fun educational content for children including creatures of the night and a look at Irvine Nature Center’s in-house owl.

The community is invited to carve jack-o’-lanterns for the showcase – using their own pumpkins or they can arrange to pick up a complimentary pumpkin from Ladew. Klein’s ShopRite has donated 300 pumpkins, which are available to registered participants at no coston a first come first serve basis. Those interested must complete an application on the Ladew website by Oct. 8 to confirm their participation and request a free Garden Glowpumpkin if interested. All pictures of carved creations must be submitted by Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.

“Garden Glow has become a great community celebration of Fall and Ladew,” said Executive Director Emily Emerick. “Going virtual this year was an easy decision as this format allows many more people to participate, especially those from afar.”

2020 Garden Glowis made possible by sponsors, Visit Harford!, Kinsley Construction, BGEand Harford County Community & Economic Development. Additional support comes from Klein’s ShopRite, Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences and The Citizens of Baltimore County.

For those unable to tune in Oct. 24, the spectacle will remain up on the Ladew website through Nov. 30. It is free for all to enjoy, but viewers are encouraged to make a donation or consider becoming a member of Ladew.

“We are proud to be a much-appreciated resource for the community, especially during these unprecedented times,” Emerick added. “Gardens like Ladew offer tranquility and peace to our guests as well as to those outside of our region who are able to enjoy us virtually.”

About Ladew
Ladew Topiary Gardens has been named “One of the Top 5 Gardens in North America;” deemed “the most outstanding topiary garden in America” by the Garden Club of America; and featured as one of “10 incredible topiary gardens around the world” by Architectural Digest. It is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is “to maintain and promote the gardens, house and facilities in keeping with the creative spirit of Harvey S. Ladew for the public benefit and for educational, scientific and cultural pursuits.” Both House and Gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ladew is located on Jarrettsville Pike (MD 146), 14 miles north of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), exit 27B (Dulaney Valley Road North). For more information, call 410.557.9570 or visit

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Gonzales Garden Club gets back to talking about gardening through virtual meetings | Ascension

While the coronavirus has forced many people to cancel plans and activities, gardeners have had more time to tend to their flowers, shrubs and plants.

Members of the Gonzales Garden Club talked about the measures they took to keep their plants growing during a Sept. 2 meeting. However, it wasn’t their usual gathering.

After months of suspended activities, the Gonzales Garden Club turned to the internet for its first meeting for the 2020-21 season.

Fourteen members attended virtually with the promise that more members will access the video conferencing program next month. President Jamie Trisler followed the routine schedule of the pledge, prayer, roll call, old and new business and featured program presentation.

Members cited examples of the impact the pandemic has had on their gardens. Many said their time spent at home resulted in outdoor success. Some stayed away from plant nurseries and bought seeds online; others propagated from what regrew or had young loved ones bring them plants and mulch. A few ventured out to nurseries with masks as their only “essential” outings.

After recurrent family setbacks, Dale Bowman was able to “get all caught up” in her beds this summer. Janis D’Benedetto concentrated on vegetable gardening and grew “more than enough tomatoes.” Conchita Richey noted that she “worked in the garden the entire time. It was my salvation.” Gwen Heck said her five-year-old garden is now “the best it’s ever looked.”

The program this month was “Pollinator Plants” by member Mary Jo Pohlig. She presented photos of 26 of her plants that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and gave unique details about each, commenting on their growth habits and needs. Her favorite easy-to-grow pollinator plants are Mexican flame vine, purple porterweed and zinnias because of how much wildlife loves them. Other reliable sun-loving bloomers include begonia, cassia, cat’s whiskers, cigar plant, coleus, fennel, globe amaranth, hibiscus, hyssop, ironweed, milkweed, moon flowers, passion vine, penta, pride of Barbados and salvia.

Pollinator plants that acclimate to shade are black-eyed Susan, firespike, guara, impatiens and Turk’s cap. Prolific pollinator plants that spread are black-eyed Susan, lyreleaf sage, mistflower, ruellia, trailing lantana and yarrow.

Pohlig toured her garden in real-time using the camera and microphone of her iPad to transmit the images of her flourishing beds. Members were able to ask questions and get answers about Pohlig’s garden practices. “To have success with these kinds of plants, fertilize thoroughly in the spring then add doses of specialty fertilizers a couple of times during the summer,” she said. Besides using fertilizer and mulch, her best advice is to “find the right place for the right plant.”

In addition to membership in the Gonzales Garden Club, Pohlig belongs to the Ascension Master Gardener Association, Sundowner’s African Violet Society, African Violet Society of America, National Audubon Society and Louisiana Ornithological Society. She is vice president of GGC plus serves on committees that plan projects and maintain community gardens.

Member Barbara McCormick presented a floral design, which is customary at in-person monthly meetings. She used

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PLNAR Joins Guidewire PartnerConnect Solution Alliance Program; Publishes Ready for Guidewire Integration for Virtual Interior Inspections

Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently, today announced that PLNAR, a leading provider of virtual claims technology solutions for the insurance industry, has joined Guidewire PartnerConnect as a Solution partner. The companies also announced that PLNAR’s new Ready for Guidewire validated add-on is now available to insurers in the Guidewire Marketplace.

Insurance customers have high expectations of their insurers and are not afraid to find a new insurer if their expectations are not being met. According to a 2020 J.D. Power study, homeowners insurance claimants can be driven to shop their policies with other insurers if they are required to exert a high level of effort to get their claim resolved. To make the interior property claims process as smooth as possible and help insurers meet these high expectations, PLNAR created their contactless claims platform to put the power in the hands of the policyholder and enable digital adjusting of interior property claims.

Since 2012, PLNAR has worked to develop a program for insurers that combines intuitive AI (artificial intelligence) and AR (augmented reality) technology while leveraging technology that eighty-one percent of Americans already own – smartphones. PLNAR’s platform streamlines the interior property claims process for adjusters and claimants alike by enabling a self-service, digital claims process. With PLNAR’s technology, anyone with a smartphone can document interior property and damage to put desk adjusters virtually into interior spaces and shorten cycle times.

PLNAR’s contactless claims platform, delivered through their Ready for Guidewire add-on for Guidewire ClaimCenter, takes digital photos captured with the PLNAR SNAP app and transforms them into fully measured, interactive 3D models. PLNAR SNAP guides users through simple, standardized steps and procedures to capture photos. Photos taken with SNAP are embedded with dimensioning data, ensuring that adjusters receive the proper claims data, including comprehensive and detailed measurements, without needing to send an adjuster or inspector on site. PLNAR leverages this dimensioning data to generate complete data sets and a fully measured, interactive 3D model of the interior property. Additionally, desk adjusters can assess and measure damage and other details within the pictures using PLNAR’s patented SmartPix technology.

PLNAR’s Ready for Guidewire integration enables claims professionals to:

  • Easily send a PLNAR SNAP project link to field adjusters, gig-workers, inspectors, or policyholders directly from ClaimCenter;

  • Receive access to photos taken with SNAP, interactive 3D models, comprehensive detailed measurement data, and other virtual adjustment tools within ClaimCenter;

  • Enable virtual and desk adjusters to assess and measure damage anywhere in the room with the measure-within picture, SmartPix, technology; and

  • Keep all parties safe by allowing a completely contactless self-service interior property claims inspection.

“Consumers have grown accustomed to being in control with online platforms and apps and are now, more than ever, concerned with safety,” said Andy Greff, CEO, PLNAR. “By enabling contactless inspections for interior property claims through ClaimCenter, Guidewire and PLNAR enable a fully

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Canadian Interior Designers Shine on the Virtual Stage | Nachricht

Showcasing the winners of the 2020 IDC Value of Design Awards

TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2020 /CNW/ – Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) held its first ever virtual awards presentation on Sept. 23, 2020. The event, which was hosted by IDC Past President, Jason Kasper and IDC CEO Trevor Kruse, was broadcast simultaneously from Toronto, Ont. and Winnipeg, Man.

The awards were held in lieu of the of IDC’s annual design symposium, which was cancelled this year due to the global pandemic. Despite the obstacles, the Canadian interior design community came together again to celebrate design and innovation.

“The show must go on!” says Kruse. “We are delighted to have an opportunity to honour our members and celebrate the value of Canadian interior design.”

This year, 12 Canadian design firms from coast to coast were honoured at IDC’s virtual Value of Design Awards (VODA) celebration. These awards, which launched in 2018, shine a spotlight on Canadian interior designers by providing a forum to showcase the benefits of design thinking: an empathetic, inventive, and iterative process focused on the human experience within interior spaces.

The 2020 Value of Design Awards were presented to the following winners who continue to push the boundaries of interior design. These designers have shown and implemented an empathetic, inventive, and iterative process, focusing on the human experience within their projects, creating sustainable and functional designs for the present and future.

Value of Design Award – Excellence  

Innovation in Residential Single-Family Design: ‘ShadowBox’ by Johnson Chou Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘BFR Accountants’ by Folio Design Inc., Laval, Que.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘COWI North America’ by Square One Interior Design, North Vancouver, B.C.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Flight Centre Flagship Toronto’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Hullmark Head Office at 474 Wellington Street West’ by Quadrangle, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘OPG Workplace Transformation’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘The Smart City Sandbox’ by IBI Group Architects (Canada) Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Workplace Innovation Challenge’ by IBI Group Architects (Canada) Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Value of Design Award – Merit 

Innovation in Design Thinking: ‘Imperfect Fresh Eats’ by Syllable Inc., Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Design Thinking: ‘OPG Workplace Transformation’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Hospitality Design: ‘Hotel Belmont Food & Beverage Portion’ by Kado Design, Vancouver, B.C.

Innovation in Institutional/Educational/Civic Design: ‘Odeyto Indigenous Centre’ by Gow Hastings Design, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Retail Design: ‘Inscape Showroom’ by Figure3, Toronto, Ont.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Mitecvsat-Alga Micro Ondes’ by Folio Design Inc., Kirkland, Que.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Peoples Group Workplace Design’ by DIALOG, Vancouver, B.C.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Spear Street Capital – Willingdon Business Park Building 6’ by SSDG Interiors Inc., Burnaby, B.C.

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Volaris’ by Bartlett & Associates, Toronto, Ont.

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Evolution by Design: Virtual Art & Interior Design Show with Artist Bari Jenks

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Evolution by Design: Virtual Art & Interior Design Show with Artist Bari Jenks

Photo courtesy of Bari Jenks

Local interior designer Angela Lee of Evolution by Design, who is now representing artist Bari Jenks. To kick off their partnership, Lee is hosting a virtual art and interior design show where she will showcase Jenk’s work and how she incorporates art into interior design.

To access the show, viewers can tune into Evolution by Design’s Instagram Live from 6:30-7:30 pm. The virtual show will include a Q&A with Jenks about her work and passion for art as well as showcase multiple vignettes designed by Lee that display the art in various ways.

Viewers will have the opportunity to get a first look at Jenks’ artwork that will be available to purchase online or at Evolution by Design’s boutique furniture store and showroom, as well as take away a few interior design tips, such as how to design a space around an original art piece, how to use art to personalize a room, how to successfully combine an original piece with stock images, and more.

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In the virtual news 2 kitchen with Bonefish Grill

On the menu today: Grilled swordfish over pumpkin ravioli & an apple martini.

Chef CJ Barr joins us this morning from Bonefish Grill. Their Greensboro restaurant is located at 2100 Koury Blvd. 

Grilled Swordfish Over Pumpkin Ravioli
(4 Servings)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

4 Each 6 oz fresh swordfish steak
½ tsp Kosher salt
¼ tsp Freshly ground black pepper
4 TBSP Crumbled feta cheese
16 Each Pumpkin Ravioli (can find at almost all grocery stores this time of year)
2 qts Boiling water
4 TBSP Butterz
1 tsp Shallots, ¼” dice
2 tsp Fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
2 TBSP French’s crispy onions
1 TBSP Chopped parsley

1. Season the swordfish steaks with salt and pepper.
2. Grill for 60 seconds and flip swordfish over.
3. Place 1 TBSP of crumbled feta cheese on top of each steak.
4. Move steaks to the coolest part of the grill and cook to an internal temperature of 135˚.
5. Remove from the grill and keep warm.
6. Place the ravioli into the boiling water and cook following the package instructions.
7. Drain the ravioli in a colander.
8. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
9. Add the shallots and chopped sage leaves; cook until the butter just begins to brown.
10. Immediately after the butter begins to brown, add the drained ravioli and toss to coat the pasta.
11. Place the ravioli in the center of a large warm Pasta serving platter.
12. Arrange the swordfish around the outer edges of the pasta.
13. Sprinkle the crispy onions and chopped parsley over the pasta and fish.
14. Serve with your favorite vegetable side dish.

1.5 oz Vodka
.50 oz Ginger Liqueur
2 slices Red Apples
1 dash Cinnamon
1 oz Apple Juice
.50 oz Fresh Sour Mix
.25 oz Honey Syrup 

Muddle 2 red apple slices & a dash of cinnamon.
Add all ingredients to shaker.
Shake 20x.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a fresh apple slice & enjoy!

Helpful Hints:
Having a party? Turn this into a fun Fall Party Punch by increasing the volume level on the ingredients, place in a large punch bowl, chill with ice, and float apple slices on top!

Impress your friends with your bartending skills by muddling some fresh apple. Then garnish with a fresh apple slice floated in the martini.

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New ‘virtual kitchen’ startup aims to put idle kitchens to use for delivery

The former boss of Q-Park and B&Q in Ireland has launched a ‘virtual kitchen’ startup to put under-utilised commercial kitchen space to use for deliveries.

Virtual kitchens, also known as dark or ghost kitchens, use cooking spaces or off-site kitchens to prepare food strictly for delivery, often under a dedicated online brand.

Zimbly Eat was co-founded by Mark Howard, a former managing director of Q-Park Ireland and general manager of B&Q. He said the startup has signed up five restaurants in Bray for the initial launch, with Malahide to follow in the coming weeks.

This food delivery model has attracted much attention from investors, with Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund last week leading a $20m (€16.9m) round in Virtual Kitchen, while former Uber chief Travis Kalanick founded CloudKitchens, backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

Howard said the model can create a separate revenue stream for restaurants by preparing pre-ordered ready meals and dishes under Zimbly Eat’s brands during quiet periods.

“It is the early part of the week when they’re totally underutilised. From our conversations, they run even less than 40pc on those days, so there’s absolutely plenty of scope,” he said.

Zimbly Eat has partnered with Danish delivery startup Doorhub for logistics. Doorhub country manager Leanne Purcell said it will be working with the company on expanding in the rest of Ireland and “hopefully into the UK soon afterwards because we’ve just launched in the UK ourselves”.

It will face stiff competition in the Irish market from delivery giants like Just Eat and Deliveroo, but Howard said there’s space to carve out a niche.

“Because it’s our brand, we will do active marketing on behalf of the clients under the Zimbly brand, whereas other aggregators wouldn’t do that.”

The company has received early-stage backing from UK investor Harish Pillai, who comes from a background in the oil industry.

Howard added that after gathering an initial customer base, the “next step is going to investors and start raising some funds”.

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Cleveland Play House announces series of virtual events for 105th season

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Play House is returning to the stage in the fall for a series of virtual performances, programs and special events.

“Since the pandemic began, we have been wrestling with the safety and economic challenges posed by this crisis. We are committed to meeting this moment with creativity, resilience, and compassion for the wellness of our community. We will resume in-person programming when it is safe and possible to do so,” says the regional theatre’s artistic director Laura Kepley in a release.

Related: Live theater at 15% capacity? What DeWine’s reopening guidelines mean for performing arts venues

The lineup, she says, will include a number of “unique, interactive stories, events, and experiences.”

? Theatre Thursday, held on the third Thursday of each month through April, is a live interactive virtual program that allows fans to connect with theatre-makers and learn about the work of Cleveland Play House.

? A series of “One Night Only!” special events kicks off October 10 with “CLUEbaret,” where the cast of CPH’s hit production of “Clue” reunites to perform their favorite Broadway musical numbers.

? The virtual season will continue into the spring with the New Ground Theatre Festival 2021, the company’s annual celebration of new works featuring five Cleveland-inspired plays.

“CPH has faced many challenges in its 105 years, always rising to the occasion with innovation and resilience. Our virtual 105th season is the latest example of our dedication to building a better community through theatre,” says managing director Kevin Moore.

Tickets for individual events range from $5-$50, while subscriptions start at $150. Patrons who already registered for the 2020-21 CPH Subscription Series will automatically have their account applied to the first six in-person productions that are able to be produced at the theatre’s venues at Playhouse Square.

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