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IRC Refugees Plant ‘New Roots’ in the Bronx

By Emma Laperruque | August 20, 2012

Sign by the pond in the garden. 
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Refugees tour the garden amongst vegetables and herbs.

The day is sunny, warm and from the window of the Seventh Avenue Express Train, racing above the Bronx, only two clouds dot the sky. Compared to the morning and evening rushes, the train just shy of 11 o’clock is empty. Four International Rescue Committee (IRC) employees are accompanying three refugees to Drew Gardens and the group half populates the car. A few stops before arriving at their destination, West Farms Station, IRC New Roots Coordinator Jennifer Plewka stands and offers to explain the subway map to the refugees. Two were resettled from Burma and arrived in New York just last week. Read More

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“Shore” Favorites: Five Things On Every NJ Beach

By Emma Laperruque | August 14, 2012

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Photo: Emma Laperruque

Beach cruisers and outdoor showers aside, something you’ll find on every New Jersey beach, from Point Pleasant to Long Beach Island, is an abundance of “shore” puns. Whether it’s “Shore Bets” as a menu category or “Shore to Please” as the motto of NJ’s beach-themed license plate, the joke is, unabashedly, everywhere. In true spirit of the area, then, I’ve collected five east coast “Shore Favorites.” They’re a “shore” hit! Read More

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Not Just Carrot Sticks: Five Steps to Healthy Snacking

By Emma Laperruque | July 26, 2012

Photo: Emily Barney

Many might think that cutting out snacking is the way to lose weight. In reality, though, three meals a day isn’t the answer to a healthy, balanced diet. If you get too hungry between meals, you’ll end up impulse-ordering that bacon cheese burger you don’t really need or eating that chocolate pudding straight from your fridge in the middle of the night. Putting aside all Doritos and its like-minded, orange-powdered friends, snacking can be a great way to keep your diet in check. Just follow these easy steps:

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A Jersey Girl’s Ode to Homemade Ice Cream

By Emma Laperruque | July 24, 2012

Ice cream by the ocean

Ever since The Jersey Shore first aired on MTV, America’s image of the Garden State has become increasingly…orange. A pale Jersey girl myself, I feel misrepresented. For those who spend summers at the shore—Snooki aside—NJ beaches aren’t about fake tans. They’re about body surfing, collecting sea glass, biking everywhere, and, of course, chasing the Good Humor truck down the street, shamelessly, every night. Read More

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Kids Yield Crops: In the Garden with Harlem Grown

By Emma Laperruque | July 12, 2012

Harlem Success Garden

Harlem Success Garden

Only two years ago, the lot across the street from P.S. 175 in Harlem was desolate: an abandoned community garden overflowing with trash, rats, and weeds. Thanks largely to the elementary school students next door, the space is a garden once more as it overflows with everything from cucumbers and melons to birds and worms, not to mention a ton of fresh basil.

The restoration all started with Tony Hillery, a man who originally came to P.S. 175 to assist the school’s parent coordinator. After spending some time in the area, though, Hillery had a revelation. Walking around the neighborhood, he counted 53 fried chicken restaurants within a three-block radius, and he began to think about the community’s access to nutritious food.

“You have pizza, fried chicken, fried fish, fried everything. I couldn’t get a healthy meal,” he said. “It was an epiphany. I said to myself: Why not do something?” Read More

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