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A few years ago,
a colleague of mine in Information Technology, noticed that I have many skills and interests. In addition to programming and report writing in SAS and SQL on many platforms - CMS, TSO, UNIX and PC - including Crystal Reports, EXCEL and ACCESS; I have advanced communications and writing skills.

I've given workshops, published and presented professional papers in ten cities in eight states. She noted that I have a PROTEAN nature and use both sides of my brain. The LEFT or logical and analytical side and the RIGHT or creative side.

One day
she watched me demonstrate how to carve Pumpkins at a Corporate party and also marveled at my painted dried gourds.

She cried out, "Glen, you can do almost anything and Crafts too!"

That was the creative conception of Crafts2Press

Since that day,
I self-published two Craft workbooks and am working on an audio training tape about promoting a collection.

I am in transition now - Jobwise but you, my fellow blogger may be able to help me.

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and show your Boss or HR Manager.
Or, select some or all of the links that interest you:

Tell your friends about this site and please remember...

"Think out of the BLOG"


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How 2 Make Holiday Crafts is a 41 paged self-published Craft workbook by Crafts2Press

Directed at families who are interested in making, having and giving homemade Holiday Crafts and Gifts.

The Author notes on page 2 "There are two kinds of gifts, well actually three kinds."

"The gifts that you BUY for someone, the gifts that you MAKE for someone and the gifts that you give yourself."

"This workbook will help you realize two of the three kinds of gifts."


"Making the Holiday Crafts in the workbook can be a family project or you can work alone on a special gift."

"The five projects are ordered by their degree of difficulty."

As an added BONUS, the workbook comes attached with a completed project the "Dollar Bill Ring"

made with a real $1.00 - US legal tender dollar bill

The Table of Contents covers the following topics:

How to use this Workbook - A note from the Author - Necessary Stuff - Projects -

Dollar Bill Ring - Chicken in a Cup - Candy Cane Mouse - Potpourri Bear -

Moravian Star - Holiday Movie Reviews - Closing Notes

The best way to get an autographed copy is to visit me at a demonstration

If you really want a copy, please E-MAIL GLEN with your name, address, home phone number

I will send you an autographed copy and a bill for $8.00, please pay upon receipt

-OR- buy two workbooks for $15.00

-OR- buy three workbooks for $20.00

 Learn more about other books



Glen, the King of Carving - Calendar October 2016

Celebrating my 25th year carving pumpkins

Workshop/Demonstration at the following locations in the Mid-Atlantic States - 2016

*** West Windsor Library Saturday, October 8 - NOON ~ PAID!

*** Hickory Corner Library Sunday, October 9 - 1:00 PM ~ PAID!

### The Manor Monday, October 17 - 2:00 PM

*** Boscov's Monmouth Mall, 3rd Floor in Housewares, Eatontown, NJ Tuesday, October 18 - 1:00 PM

### Morris Hall Wednesday, October 19 - 11:00 AM

*** Honey Hollow Educational Center, Solesbury Twp, PA Wednesday, October 19 - 6:00 PM No-Show

### Monmouth Crossing Tuesday, October 25 - 2:30 PM

"Watch my two minutes on TV - from October 2013!"

### indicates Residents, Staff & Family ONLY!

Hurry Up and Call: (609) 426-0474 for October 2016
E-MAIL me if you like what you see


Glen, the Jester of Crafts - Calendar: December 2010 & January 2011

Workshops at the following locations in the Mid-Atlantic States

CareOne in Evesham, NJ – Wednesday, the 15th at 1:30pm

Martin & Edith Stein A L in Somerset, NJ – Wednesday, January the 5th, 2011 at 10:45am

Spring Hills in Somerset, NJ – Saturday, January the 15th, 2011 at 2:00pm

Hurry Up and Call: (609) 426-0474
E-MAIL me if you like what you see


Glen, the Jester of Crafts - Calendar: February 2011

Workshops at the following locations in the Mid-Atlantic States - 2011


Hurry Up and Call: (609) 426-0474
E-MAIL me if you like what you see


Pumpkin Carving Demonstration – Halloween/Fall Harvest Celebration

Greetings Director of Recreation,         Fall 2016

After a successful demonstration/workshop season last year, I’m stopping by Senior Centers, Libraries and similar facilities in the last two or three weeks of October 2016. I will conduct a Pumpkin Carving Demonstration. Interested Residents can come and watch, remember past Halloweens, ask questions and possibly learn something NEW about the season.

For approximately 1 hour, I charge $75.00. I’ll supply a nice medium to large Pumpkin. After the demonstration, you may display the carved Pumpkin. The carved Pumpkin will last one or two days indoors and about one week, outside. I come costumed as the “King of Carving” with all my “bells & whistles” and my award winning dried painted gourd collection. I’ve been carving pumpkins and painting dried gourds professionally, since 1991 and have been on cable TV a few times.

I’ve also carved at local farms, bookstores, the Wonder Museum and the Howell Living History Farm - over the years.

Please supply a sturdy table, large trashcan, a chair and an audience of Interested Residents. I’ll supply the rest of what is needed and will clean up any mess at the end of the Demonstration. I’ve carved for both small and large groups and enjoy explaining my technique and interacting with Interested Residents.

It would be nice if you can incorporate my Pumpkin Carving Demonstration into your Fall Harvest or Halloween Celebration event(s)
Please call or e-mail ASAP to get choice dates and times.

Glen Dalessandro (609) 426-0474

The fee of $75.00 is payable at the day of the demonstration/workshop in cash or check made out to Glen Dalessandro

Please contact me ASAP to secure a good time in mid to late October 2016.

Glen Key Dalessandro
(609) 426-0474

E-MAIL me if you like what you see

Glen's Pumpkin Carving Schedule for 2016

Read about my Halloween Pumpkin Carving Workbook ==>

-sample flyer-

Pumpkin Carving Demonstration – Halloween/Fall Harvest Celebration

Please come to the Arts & Crafts workroom on the morrow and learn how to Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween and talk about past Halloween/Fall Harvest Celebrations

Come, have some fun and laugh with

“Glen King of Carving”

and his bells & whistles and award winning dried painted gourd collection!

All interested Residents are welcome!!!
E-MAIL me if you like what you see



Valentine Paper Lace Keepsake Booklet

Greetings Director of Recreation,         Early 2011

After a successful “Holiday Paper Crafts” workshop season in December 2010 & January 2011, I’m stopping by Assisted Living and similar facilities in the first two weeks of February 2011, may be the last few days of January too! I will conduct a Valentines crafts workshop session where Interested Residents can “make & take” a paper craft project.

For approximately a little over 1 hours work, I charge $75.00 and Interested Residents will leave with a completed project. Class size is limited to 10 Residents that are interested in creating a “one of a kind” keepsake, with my help.

Glen Dalessandro
(609) 426-0474

I can stop by your facility and do the same thing!

Residents will make a Paper Lace Keepsake Booklet (approximately 2 & 3/4 inches by 4 & 1/8 inches) from a single sheet of colored paper and a 6-inch paper doily (used as a covering). The unique folded eight-sided booklet will also have a satin ribbon bookmark and a heart shaped closure to secure the booklet.

To personalize the booklet, Residents can add assorted “sticker book” hearts on the front and back cover as well as photos or other keepsake items on the inside pages.

I will supply any colored papers, ribbons, closures, “sticker book” hearts, glue, scissors, rulers, pencils and any other temporary banding or binding supplies (rubber bands or clothespins) and instruction.

Samples of the Paper Lace Keepsake Booklet project at important steps in the assembly process will be on display to help Residents follow along.

A well-lit workroom with sturdy tabletops is required

Interested Residents should be prepared to learn or re-learn basic skills such as folding and gluing with the realization that they will enjoy the final product and either keep it or give it to a loved one on Valentine’s Day.

It would be nice if you can incorporate the workshop into your Valentine event.

The fee of $75.00 is payable at the day of the workshop in cash or check made out to Glen Dalessandro

Please contact me ASAP to secure a good time in February 2011.

Glen Dalessandro
(609) 426-0474

E-MAIL me if you like what you see

Glen's Valentine Paper Lace Keepsake Booklet Schedule for February 2011

Glen's Holiday Paper Crafts & Recycle too Schedule for December 2010 & January 2011

Glen's Pumpkin Carving Demonstration Schedule for October 2010



How 2 Carve Pumpkins is a 79 paged self-published Craft workbook and one of the many ideas that spring from Glen's mind!

Directed at families who are interested in what Anita Stiles proclaims in her article and book review in the Trenton Times

"If nostalgia is what Halloween is all about.

The King of Carving (and his workbook) fits right in.

With his enthusiasm and his homemade crown and scepter, Glen is the real deal and the kids love!"


"In his demonstrations and book, Glen teaches carving techniques that are doable by normal human beings - and especially kids."

The best way to experience the FUN is to have Glen stop by your store, farm, corporate office party, museum or entertainment complex and
demonstrate "How 2 Carve Pumpkins!"

Just supply a table, chair, a big trash can and Glen will do the rest.
He will also bring along his award winning dried painted gourd collection and some other suprises.

The charge is $75.00 for one hour and Glen will supply the Pumpkin.

Hope to see you this season.
Glen's Pumpkin Carving Schedule for 2016 - His 25th Year Carving Pumpkins

 E-MAIL Glen


Glen, the King of Carving - Calendar 2010

Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations at the following locations in the Mid-Atlantic States

* * * * * * * *

Order an autographed copy of my 79-paged Craft Workbook, "How 2 Carve Pumpkins" by Crafts2press for $8.00 which includes tax and shipping


Glen Key Dalessandro

357 Stockton Street Hightstown, NJ 08520
Home Phone (609) 426-0474
Web Site: www.crafts2press.blogspot.com

MeetUp.com - ’Central Jersey 51 Plus’ Social Group 3/11 to the present - VISIT: http://www.meetup.com/boomer-41/
Organizer and developer of an Online Social Group – 1,172 members

Research and/or organize local event and list them on the web page. Also promote and review the events. Help with membership, directions, admission and member conduct.

CRAFTS2PRESS, Hightstown, NJ 3/02 to the present - PART TIME
Owner/Operator – Publishing, on-site demonstrations and workshops

Adding to a fulfillment publishing business. Self-published two workbooks and developed audio presentations and training tapes. Offer materials for sale through workshops at local department stores, demonstrations and the Internet.
Developed and publish a web site to disseminate information.

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY, Princeton, NJ 7/97 to 3/02
Senior Programmer Analyst - Worldwide Human Resources Information Technology

The front-line developer of Ad-hoc reports on many platforms, including UNIX and LAN. Provided technical solutions to business needs and worked closely with the business units i.e. human resources, sales and marketing and government affairs.

·Utilized UNIX – SAS, Crystal Reports and ODBC to access ORACLE files.
·Analyzed information in the LAN environment with SAS, MS-EXCEL and ACCESS and trained clients to use functions and formulas including macros and pivot table report.
·Developed salary surveys, compensation and comp-ratio reports, EEO, ex-patriot, retirement, pension, payroll and stock option profiles upon request.

Business Systems / Sr. User Analyst - Finance Division - Corporate Reporting

Developer of PC/LAN based cash management modules using data from secondary sources. Accessed SAS and spreadsheet software to manipulate securities information.

·Provided technical solutions to increase and improve workflow for the division, including accounting, bank reconciliation and corporate reporting departments.
·Implemented procedures and trained users to access cash matching and report on investments information using SAS.


M.S. Information Science Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
B.S. Business, Marketing Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Certificate: Computer Programming - Computer Learning Center, Norristown, PA
Certificate: Fundamentals of MS Visual Basic - Dow Jones Training, Princeton, NJ
Certificate: Web Page Development - IT Centers, Trenton, NJ

Selected Publications & Presentations

"Spreadsheet Techniques to Speed SAS Coding - Revisited," at the PharmaSUG Conference, Spring 1999 in New Orleans, LA.

"Telecommuting Used to Satisfy Employer Trip Reduction Mandates," at the PC EXPO, Spring 1995 in New York City.

"Cash Transaction Distribution Method," Journal of Cash Management, September / October 1990.

"Passive Hard Disk Backup," at the PC EXPO, Spring 1989 in New York City.

"CAUTION: Downloading May Be Hazardous to Your Computer's Health," at the National Online Meeting, Spring 1988 in New York City.

"Dvorak Keyboard Implementation," at the 49th ASIS Annual Meeting, Fall 1986 in Chicago, IL.

"Access to Electronic Mail - The Facade of Privacy," at the National Online Meeting, Spring 1985 in New York City.




LAST CHANCE ==>


*** gro THIS SUMMER ***

 Back to Things To Do:

(with Glen)
Events (Art, Music, Food, Films & Fun) of interest to Single Adults
E-MAIL me if you like what you see or have a better idea - GLEN

underlined phrases in a contrasting color are Hyperlinks to other Web Sites

Read my current BLOG story and leave a comment...


If YOU are older than 50 and live in Central New Jersey ~OR~ Lower Bucks, PA and like to have FUN! - CHECK OUT the Central Jersey 51 Plus Meet Up group. We have over 1,700 members with between 10 and 20 events a month, mostly in the evenings and on the weekends.

VISIT THE 'CENTRAL JERSEY 51 PLUS' CALENDAR for more information...

One NEWER ‘51 Plus’ Person, at a time, can tour the Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

on a lovely, sunny afternoon with Glen – closed Mondays, open until 6:00 PM

GLEN is a Museum Member and can invite a guest for FREE, on a private tour!

**** OCTOBER 2016 ****

HEAR "The Four Kings: Tim McLoone and The Shirleys" - FREE GET THERE EARLY!!! On Sun Oct 23 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. See you at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ. Snack after at Wegmans Market, near by.

*** MAKE "30-Minute Meals” ~ Escarole & White Bean Soup Pork Chops & Chicken on Thu Oct 27 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - $20.00. See you at Shoprite Culinary Workshop, 1235 Rte. 33 East, Hamilton Square, NJ. One New Member can go for half price. Contact Glen, if you want to go

*** "Walk with the Ghosts" Tour in Burlington City, High & Pearl Streets - take train from Bordentown Station at 6:00 PM or Drive on Fri Oct 28 at 6:30 PM. Meet Up at the RiverLine Station in Bordentown at 6:00 PM -OR- at the Anchor at the end of High & Pearl Streets around 6:30 PM. $5.00. Wear a Costume.

*** GREAT IDEA ==> Halloween - Contra Dancing - Live Music $13.00 for Seniors on Sat Oct 29 from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM. See you at Pond Road Middle School, 150 Pond Rd, Trenton, NJ. I'll be wearing my "American Voter" Costume - What are you wearing?

*** SEE: "Outlet Dance Project" @ Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton, NJ & Snack @ Peacock Cafe, later. See you on Sun Oct 30 at the Welcome Center around 1:00 PM - Music all day. I can invite the first new member (some one who joined with in the last year) as my guest - free admission. just message me or call 609 426-0474 Glen

~OR~ *** Walking Tour, Historical Society of Princeton - Snack after on Sun Oct 30. See you at Bainbridge House - meet to get tickets before 2:00 PM, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ $7.00. Reserve & Purchase ticket in advance - Meet Up outside

*** Halloween Alternative! See a Movie - T. B. A. - snack at TGI Friday's later on Mon Oct 31. See you at Carmike Cinema, East Windsor Town Center Plaza, Rte. 130 North, East Windsor, NJ at 4:30 PM. NOTE NAME CHANGE but still $5.50 for Seniors. MeetUp by ticket taker window - We suggest showing up 30 minutes in advance, to sit together.

*** Indicates a $1.00 Contribution fee to the 'CENTRAL JERSEY 51 PLUS' group

**** NOVEMBER 2016 ****

*** Art After Hours: Curator-led tours, Slide Jam, Live Music FREE SNACKS. See you on Tue Nov 1 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton St, New Brunswick, NJ. MeetUp in the Lobby, near the snacks. Carpool from the CVS parking lot, Rte. 130 South, East Windsor, NJ at 4:30 PM. Help driver with gas money

Daylight Saving Time ends, early Sun Nov 6 - check your clocks

SEE Comedy of "Parallel Exit’s" - WHAM, SLAM, and BAM! on Sun Nov 6 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. See you at the Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton, NJ. Meet Up Button & sign in Lobby ~OR~ carpool from the Home Depot at 1:00 PM

later in the day... *** SOMETHING Different SCHLACHTFEST is an "all you can eat" German roast pork $18 on Sun Nov 6 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. See you at the GERMAN AMERICAN CLUB, 215 Uncle Pete's Road, North Brunswick, NJ. Look for Meet Up sign or Carpool from CVS, Rte. 130 South, East Windsor at 2:00 PM

HEAR "Jack Walrath JAZZ Quartet" - FREE GET THERE EARLY!!! See you on Sat Nov 12 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ. Meet Up button on my person at seats on the Right side - looking at the stage

*** SEE 'The Maltese Falcon Radio Show' - LIVE Registration Required with the Library on Sun Nov 13 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. See you at the Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton, NJ. Admission - $5.00. Meet Up Button & sign in Lobby ~OR~ carpool from the Home Depot at 1:00 PM

*** Indicates a $1.00 Contribution fee to the 'CENTRAL JERSEY 51 PLUS' group

**** DECEMBER 2016 ****

VISIT THE 'CENTRAL JERSEY 51 PLUS' CALENDAR for more information...




Ecologically Friendly - Reusable Shopping Bags - Calendar 2011

Display at the following locations in the Mid-Atlantic States


*** How About Your Library???

 Back to the Eco Bags Collection

E-MAIL me if your organization wants to display the Collection
you wish to donate some unique items to the Collection

Inhabitants of this Big Green Marble (EARTH)
to the

Collection of Ecologically Friendly
Reusable Shopping Bags *

As everybody who is anybody goes Green, I wanted to do something too. Since I don’t own a Nuclear Power Plant to decommission or an Oil Well to shut down and can barely afford to buy a Hybrid Car, I decided to collect obvious and hopefully ubiquitous items that everyone uses or should use – Ecologically Friendly Reusable Shopping Bags or Eco Bags for short.

While some bags are more colorful and functional than others are, they all serve the same purpose; that is to temporarily store food and non-food items until one gets home and then do it over and over again until the bags themselves fall apart and have to be recycled.

About the Collection: I purchase the Reusable Shopping Bags in the normal manner. I save the price tag and UPC code and never use the bags – how ironic!

I use my web cam and Photoshop software to capture and crop the image and then upload the image into my BLOG and publish. I try to note and write up any interesting particularities that make each store or Reusable Shopping Bag special.

To make this Collection the World’s Largest, I need the help of you, my “Earth Angel” supporters to supply me with Reusable Shopping Bags that are out of my driving area (Central New Jersey) and unique (not already on my BLOG). Just purchase a bag at your friendly supermarket, grocery or other type of store, leave the price tag and UPC code intact and don’t use the bag. I'll also accept a slightly used but still clean bag of distinctive or vintage quality. Mail the bag(s) in a big Manila envelope to my address:

Glen Daless
357 Stockton Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520

I'll give my “Earth Angel” supporter and new friend honorable mention, under the Eco Bag on my BLOG. If you want, E-MAIL me first to make sure that the bag is not already in the Collection or make any comments you may have about my Collection or the whole concept.

There are 25 “Earth Angel” supporter(s) as of September 2011!

Hope everyone enjoys my Collection and my BLOG. Feel free to try the following Hyperlinks to another interesting Collection, Crafts information, Stories and my Social Calendar & resume.

Glen Daless

 Display Schedule in 2011

 Article in the Newark Star-Ledger (06/25/08)

- GREEN-tings- ACME Markets- ALDI Markets- Amelia's Grocery Outlet- Brookdale CC- Buck A Bag Produce- ca- Commonwealth Packaging Company- Cost Cutters- Cracker Barrel- Dunkin Donuts- Family Dollar- Farm Fresh- Gary’s Wine & Marketplace- Giant Markets- Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens- Go RISE up Inc.- Great Atlantic & Pacific Company Inc.- Green Today, Inc- Hannaford- Harris Teeter- HomeGoods- Klem's- Lowe's- Market Basket®- McCaffrey's Markets- Old Navy- Organic Harvest- Piggly Wiggly- PR&A- Publix- Redner's Warehouse Markets- reJAVAnate- Safeway Markets * Genuardi's- SCAD- Scholastic- Shaw's- ShopRite Supermarkets- Staples- Stew Leonard’s- Stop & Shop- Target- Thriftway Markets * Risoldi's Great Valu Foodstore- Trader Joe's- Walgreens- Wal*Mart- Wegmans- Whole Foods Market- WINGS- WWF

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The Great Atlantic & Pacific Company Inc. is gobbling up some other supermarket chains like Pathmark, Waldbaum’s, Superfresh, the Food Emporium and Food Basics.

According to the label:

All the Reusable Shopping Bags in the Elizabeth Haub Foundation are manufactured with 100% post-consumer recycled content.

Each Reusable Shopping Bag issued has a different “earth” photo on either side. I understand that Haub family are one of the owners of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Company Inc. – hope they recycles. 04/08

from "Reusable Grocery Tote Bags: Going Green for Better Shopping
Paper, Plastic or Reusable? What's Your Shopping Bag Preference?"

by Will N. Stape, published Feb 18, 2008

A chic green scene is now cool and we're all the better for it.


At times it seems like global warming or climate change touches on everything in our lives, even when shopping for the basics at the supermarket. Come checkout time we're reminded of the impact plastic makes in our landfills and how using up more paper bags just kills a few more oxygen generating trees. What to do? Enter reusable shopping bags.

Every little bit can help our landfills get lighter and spare the leafy lungs of planet Earth. Use reusable shopping bags whenever possible for shopping. There's really no excuse anymore. Every major supermarket and most retailers are making it easier and even fashionable. Just look around the next time you're at Pathmark, A&P, Shoprite or Von's. Today's choices in recyclable shopping bags are not only convenient and stylish, but they're incredibly affordable.

My local supermarket A&P, carries Elizabeth Haub Foundation Totes- these are cool and colorful reusable bags which go for the irresistible price of 99 cents. Not only can you feel great about hefting around your goodies in neat totes, but a portion of sale proceeds are donated to the Elizabeth Haub Foundation to help further their conservation work.

Elizabeth Haub was a philanthropist actively involved in developing environmental law and policy in Europe. In tribute and to further the cause, the Elizabeth Haub Foundation was established in North America by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Helga Haub of The Tengelmann Group, a majority shareholder of A&P.

Six Eco Bags


ShopRite Supermarkets

from a recent Press Release:

ShopRite Supermarkets has now won the Prestigious Energy Star award for the Marlton, NJ store. On April 10, 2008, Keasbey, NJ – Supermarkets of Cherry Hill, Inc. has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious Energy Star Rating for their ShopRite of Marlton, NJ. The Energy Star is the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance. The ShopRite of Marlton joins more than 3,000 Energy Star buildings nationwide that are committed to reducing their impact on the environment by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. 04/08

According to the product tag:

earthwise reusable bags: Use this bag and help reduce the more than 100 Billion plastic bags used in America each year. Take with you to the store. To the gym. To school. Make everyday Earth Day!

Six Eco Bags


ACME Markets

Crazy about food 04/08

from a recent Press Release:

Supervalu-owned Acme Markets this week opened what it said is the first environmentally friendly supermarket in the Philadelphia area.

The new store was built according to the specifications of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council, and is the first supermarket in the Philadelphia area to complete the LEED building process from construction to completion, said Acme.

To educate shoppers on the green aspects of the design, the store installed educational plaques in various departments detailing the green initiatives behind the construction of each.


During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Acme will donate a park bench made entirely from recycled plastic to a local park. The benches are constructed using Trex composite lumber that is manufactured from both store and customer generated plastic. Acme has recycled its plastic bags since 1993, but has recently expanded the program to include the creation of park benches.

Additionally, Acme will present over $280,000 in donations to various organizations.

Acme operates 130 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. 04/08



Brookdale CC

from Geeklog Saturday, July 19 2008
Contributed by: snacco:

Last year, through the College's "Governance" process (which involves students as well as employees from every department), Brookdale created a College-wide Action Team on Sustainability, a.k.a., the Green Team. The Green Team is supposed to be looking at everything Brookdale does--from styrofoam coffee cups to storm drains that go into the Swimming River reservoir--and come up with ways of making the College more environmentally friendly.

One result of the group's work are new recycling containers that separate paper from cans and general trash.

But what else should we be doing?

Your blogging is welcome and will be taken to heart by the College.



According to the product tag:

With growing concern about the environment, our customers have asked for an "earth-friendlier" way to carry their groceries. Recycling reduces waste in our landfills, but now we have another way. Reuse - a simple way we can each do our part over and over again!

Our reusable shopping bags reduce the need for plastic (or paper) and make your shopping trip a little easier. The sturdy straps carry lots of weight without tearing, and flat bottom helps prevent tip-overs. If they get dirty, just sponge them off and the lightweight fabric dries quickly. Simply fold them for easy storage in your car or trunk - they're ready for the next trip!

We're proud of this product and we hope you'll agree. Remember, your satisfaction is always guaranteed with Wegmans brand products. 04/08

from "There's a New Meaning for 'Green Grocer'" by Bob Niedt, The Post Standard, Friday February 08, 2008

Wegmans has long been moving in that direction (sustainability programs), said Jason Wadsworth (from the Food Marketing Institute), but nearly a year ago, it tasked him and his team to identify areas throughout the company where it's being done and to take some of those ideas companywide. And to put it out there so the customers can connect.

One issue at the front end of the store is bagging. There's a frontal assault from many directions, from consumer to retailer to government, on plastic bags, a hot-button issue.

Wegmans and other retailers have been offering customers reusable bags to purchase and return to the store for filling at the front end instead of the usual paper or plastic.

Wegmans has sold 800,000 of the black bags. But the company has no way to measure the effect of the reusable bags.

"If we are able to measure and know how the bags are being reused, we can start to tackle the plastic issue," said Wadsworth.

Wegmans is attempting to develop a system, probably at the cashier end of the store, for measuring reusable-bag use.


Thriftway Markets * Risoldi's Great Valu Foodstore

from "Paper or plastic? You may pay 20 cents either way"
Some plastic, foam containers would be banned under proposal by mayor, council president
by Angela Galloway SeattlePI.com REPORTER

Some grocers already promote the use of reusable bags. For example, Thriftway gives a nickel back to customers who bring their own bags.

"I don't know if consumers know how much plastic and paper bags cost," said Josh Angle, store director of the Magnolia Thriftway. Paper bags cost at least 13 cents each, plastic bags cost about 9 cents.

from www.westseattleblog.com

Personally, I do reuse my plastic bags. But I read in the paper that there are other alternative bags (maybe like the compostable plastic bags at Thriftway) that won’t be taxed? I am a regular user of my own bags. The ones from Trader Joe’s. are great- they’re strong & can hold much more than the plastic or paper bags. I also purchased some reusable totes from Costco. They are gigantic and would work for other non-grocery expeditions.

Comment by dinolicious — April 3, 08 9:55 am


Whole Foods Market

World's Leading Natural and Organic Foods Supermarket 04/08

from www.hoovers.com

Plastic Bags a Thing of the Past? - At least one major grocery chain, Whole Foods Market, is eliminating plastic grocery bags from its stores. Capitalizing on increasing environmental awareness and consumer demand, Whole Foods hopes that the move will encourage more consumers to bring their own reusable bags, although it will still offer paper bags for those who don't. Industry experts say that, given the willingness of many consumers to eliminate plastic bags, Whole Foods' action could be the start of a larger grocery industry trend. 05/08

Five Eco Bags

"Earth Angel" supporter - Susan - 08/09

"Earth Angel" supporter - Irene of Jamesburg, NJ - 09/11


Trader Joe's

A Unique Grocery Store

According to product tag:

100% Polypropylene Bag

Environmentally friendly and fun to carry! 6 gallon capacity 06/08

According to the Insulated Bag product tag:

Ideal for grocery shopping, travel and outdoor activities. Keeps frozen and perishable refrigerated foods cold up to 4 hours. Add ice packs to help keep food cold longer - 5 gallon capacity. High Density for extra protection. 06/08

According to the Canvas Bag product tag:

Heavy duty canvas. Reinforced at the major stress points. Holds more than a large grocery sack. Comfortable canvas handles. Machine washable. Will shrink slightly. Machine wash cold - lay flat to dry 06/08

Three Eco Bags


ALDI Markets

from www.seriouseats.com

What Do You Think of Aldi Markets?
Posted by LoCo, February 3, 2008 at 5:07 PM

We don't have them out west, but my in-laws in TN shop there a lot. They are immensely popular there. We've popped in a couple times to check it out. My impression was good quality produce, frozen stuff and shelf products at very good prices. The things I really loved were (1) the fact they charge for grocery bags, which means most people bring their own, (2) having shoppers bag their own groceries, which I do better than most employees anyway, and (3) requiring shoppers to deposit a quarter to get a shopping cart, which you get back when you return the cart. It means the store doesn't have to send employees out to collect carts, and your car doesn't get banged up by inconsiderate shoppers who can't be bothered to return their carts.

If you have Aldi Markets where you live, have you tried them? What has your experience been?



What has Sam Walton Wrought?

According to the product tag:

* is 100% recyclable
* is made from 85% recycled materials
* is made from approximately 4 plastic soda bottles
* can replace 50 plastic shopping bags
* can carry the same weight as 2 -3 plastic shopping bags 04/08

from www.wisebread.com

"Wal*Mart Celebrates Its Own Green Efforts with Free Reusable Shopping Bags"
posted April 12, 2008 - 18:09 by Linsey Knerl

Wal*Mart gets its fair share of negative press (and Wise Bread bloggers aren’t excluded.) However, a recent article in the new National Geographic’s Green Guide magazine really had me thinking about some of the ways Wal*Mart has led the way with environmentally-friendly initiatives. Regardless of how you feel about Wal*Mart’s status as a commercial superpower, you really have to take a look. (And while you’re at it, snag a free shopping bag!)

On April 19th, Wal*Mart stores everywhere will be celebrating Earth Month by partnering with Kellogg’s and giving away 1 million reusable shopping bags. The bags will usually cost a buck to buy, but starting 8AM next Saturday, you can have one free!

"Earth Angel" supporter - Cousin Robert D - 08/08



The Scholastic Books - Eco Bag folds-up for easy storage and features a great saying:

"Reading Makes You a STAR!"

from: www.scholastic.com/actgreen/

Try the 100 Ways to Act Green! video game

Scholastic Books has at least 189 Children's books about Ecology for sale!

"Earth Angel" supporter - Camille - 07/09



from: www.fashionunited.com

JCPenney reusable shopping bags by design students
April 2009

JCPenney Unveils Three Reusable Shopping Bags Designed by Top Design School Students. Blending its emphasis on style with its concern for the environment, JCPenney (NYSE: JCP) partnered with several major design schools to fashion its latest series of reusable shopping bags, which arrive in stores April 8. From 58 entries, three stand-out winners were selected by a committee of JCPenney judges.

The limited edition bags, featuring the designers’ signatures on the bottom, will be exclusively displayed and sold in more than 600 JCPenney stores. JCPenney’s original “Green Grass” reusable bag will continue to be sold in all stores, and beginning April 8, JCP Rewards Members will earn 50 bonus points with their first purchase of any reusable bag.

The winning students also each received a $1,000 JCPenney gift card and a trip to the JCPenney Home Office in Plano, Texas, where they met with executives and Associates and were recognized during a Company-wide rally.

Ethan Waterman, whose hometown is Atlanta, majored in graphic design and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design aka SCAD in March. Ethan’s simple, fashionable design showcases an overlapping green leaf motif. “I designed my bag to encourage and motivate others to incorporate green thinking into their lifestyle,” Ethan said.

“This contest gave the students an opportunity to showcase their creative talent, and the three winning designs were exceptional among the many outstanding entries we received,” said Mike Boylson, chief marketing officer of JCPenney. “Our customers are concerned about the environment and looking for ways to easily integrate green living into their everyday lifestyle. By incorporating great design, we’re offering them an eco-friendly bag they’ll be proud to use time and again.”

"Earth Angel" supporter - Linda of East Brunswick, NJ - 05/10


Stew Leonard's

from: www.stewleonards.com/press


April 2010

In Celebration of Earth Month, On April 30th Customers Who Use Reusable Shopping Bags Receive Free Ice Cream

April is Earth Month and to encourage consumers to think green and take small steps towards protecting the environment, Stew Leonard’s is rewarding customers who use reusable bags when they shop. On Wednesday, April 30th, customers who shop Stew Leonard’sand use at least one reusable bag to pack their grocery items will receive a free ice cream with their purchase. Stew Leonard’s offers its own reusable bags near cash registers, but is happy to reward customers using reusable bags from ANY store or brand. In addition, fun fact sheets will be posted at all cash registers to educate consumers about why reusable bags are a better environmental choice to both plastic and paper bags.

Stew Leonard’s of Norwalk, Danbury and Newington, Connecticut and Yonkers, New York will participate in the Earth Month program, giving away one free ice cream to any customer using at least one reusable bag with their purchase. Customers using a reusable bag will have their receipts specially marked, which they can take to the ice cream counter to receive their free ice cream.

The program is being implemented to encourage consumers to think green year-round and continue using reusable bags long after Earth Month has come and gone.

"Earth Angel" supporter - Helen of Burlington, NJ - 06/10



Pellettieri Rabstein and Altman

Counsellors At Law

"Going to Court is Hardball"


"Earth Angel" supporter - Elyse - 06/09



from Hatteras Village Redux Part II

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
"Wile E. Coyote's Law of Gravity"

Our first stop would be Wings. Now, if anyone has visited the Outer Banks, they'll know that on practically every street corner, there is a Wings store. These stores carry nothing but the finest (cough, cough) merchandise showcasing the beauty of the area. Okay, that's a lie. They are gaudy - nay, garish - architectural monstrosities filled with every cheap souvenir ever made for beachy locations. T-shirts, sweat shirts, swim suits, beach towels, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, shot glasses, sun glasses, sun lotions, water rafts, water wings and water noodles. How about a bright blue, leaping dolphin with a clock embedded in its abdominal area.

Thanks to Wings stores, China has no unemployment. However, that's not to say that you can't get a good deal there! The Wings store in Hatteras Village is slightly less tawdry & tasteless than its northern counterparts. It's also a much smaller than the others, but just as packed full of ..... stuff. As we squeezed our way around the racks & racks of beach wear, counters of mini lighthouses, key chains, shark teeth and postcards, I happened across beach towels on sale. End of season clearance - buy one, get one free - $5. Can't pass that up! Loaded with bags, we left the store.

from a Web advertisement: Free extra large Reusable beach tote with purchases of $25.00 or more!

"Earth Angel" supporter - Jessica L - 12/08


Buck A Bag Produce

from PhillyBurbs.com

Eat your veggies

Posted by Tom Haines at 11:19 am 4/10/08

Penndel welcomed a new business in a familiar locale this week. Buck A Bag Produce had its grand opening Wednesday, April 9. The grocer, dealing in fresh fruits and vegetables, is housed in the former Penndel Produce premises at 50 Hulmeville Ave. This marks the third tenant for the historic borough property in the past 2 years.

Editor's Note: I have the Opening Day gift mug too!

"Earth Angel" supporter - Pat L - 12/08


Piggly Wiggly

from Athens World

Piggly Wiggly on North Avenue Anti-Environment?

Posted by Christopher Byrne on 2008-02-14

I had to stop at the Piggly Wiggly on North Avenue, Athens, GA on the way home tonite. I asked for paper, and was told that "we no longer have paper bags and will no longer be ordering them." Sounds like an environmentally unfriendly decision to me. Any thoughts?

Comment by Evonne 2/28/08
Wow. I guess I live in my own little world because I find it amazing that this debate is even going on. Should I use paper or plastic? NEITHER. By far the best option (and I think maybe 2 people mentioned this) is bringing your own reusable bag. Every grocery store I've been to lately has them next to the registers for $1 each and unless you are buying for an army, you'll rarely need more than 3 of these bags since they easily hold what would normally be put into 3 or more plastic bags.

If you want to do what is best for the environment, there's just one choice, IMO.

Editor's Note: I wished they printed their motto: "Down Home, Down the Street" and had the drawing of a pig with a paper hat!

"Earth Angel" supporter - Rebecca - 01/09


Organic Harvest

from YAHOO Local

A New Organic Sherriff in Town!

Posted by Karen 10/24/2006

For many years there has been one major organic provider in the Birmingham, Alabama area, but now Organic Harvest has come! The store is amazingly clean and has a pleasant lay out. To the left of the main entrance is a cafe where organic foods are served. There is also a very large, pleasant selection of non-food consumer foods like cosmetics, soaps, etc. I got interested when I saw the store from the road, but now I am in love!

"Earth Angel" supporter - Rebecca - 01/09



According to the product tag:

Earth week - a gift for you (free) 04/09

Smart Choices - coupon for $2.00 off GE Energy Smart compact fluorescent lightbulb packages

from www.thebudgetfashionista.com

We couldn’t help but notice Target’s new, reusable red shopping bags on our latest trip to one of our fav stores. The non-woven polypropylene fabric bag comes in Target’s standard red color with an adorable bird and tree graphic on it (a refreshing change from a company’s logo). The bag has a flat, stiff bottom which folds nicely and snaps together for easy storage. In fact it’s perfectly map-sized so you can throw it in your glove compartment box or pop it in your tote.


"Earth Angel" supporter - George B - 04/09


Redner's Warehouse Markets

Serving Our local Communities Since 1970 04/08

from www.findarticles.com

"Reusable bags appeal to shoppers"
Central Penn Business Journal, Sep 14, 2007 by Olenchek, Christina

Earth-friendly sacks catch on in midstate

A shopping list and coupons have traditionally been required accessories for savvy consumers navigating their favorite grocery stores.

Now, many of these consumers are adding a new tool: reusable shopping bags.

Several grocery stores doing business in the midstate have recently started selling reusable bags as an alternative to disposable plastic bags. The bags have been a hit, and thousands of them have been snapped up around the region.

The idea of reusable bags has been around for some time, but their newfound popularity comes as more consumers gain an awareness of the environmental impact of plastic bags, observers said.

"(Plastic bags) get blown around. They get stuck in trees. They end up in streams," said David Mazza, western regional director for the Pennsylvania Resources Council. The council, which has offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, promotes efforts to protect natural resources. "It makes sense to use a different material."

Reusable shopping bags are typically made of polypropylene and are often marked with the logo of the store selling them. Giant Food Stores, Weis Markets, Karns Quality Foods and Redner's Warehouse Market are among the grocers selling them. Most bags offered in this area cost 99 cents each, though some stores offer canvas versions that are more expensive.



ReUse * Reduce Green Bag 07/08

from “Reusable Shopping Bags – Have You Seen Them In Your Neighborhood Stores?”
on Penny Hull’s BLOG

How many times have your groceries been loaded into plastic bags, only to have the bag split and the jar of mayonnaise drop and break on the driveway? By the way, why is it always the mayonnaise that breaks? It's got to be the hardest thing to clean up...

Many of my favorite stores, at least in my area, are now offering an inexpensive alternative to the "Paper or Plastic" question. Resuable Shopping Bags

Walgreens was the first place I noticed resuable shopping bags for sale. I picked up enough for all my groceries - at $.99 each, they weren't a bad investment, and I figured it was the only way to stop all the plastic bags that fall out of my cupboard every time I open it. I hate to throw them away, so I save them... for something.

I stuck the bags into the door pocket of my car, and now every time I open the door, I'm reminded to take them in the store with me. By the way, I found the bags at the Apex Walgreens - ask for their terrific store manager, Tate Moorefield, if you can't find them!



According to the product tag:

reusable shopping bag

Make a difference. It's easy.

Every year, billions of plastic shopping bags are thrown away and end up in landfills. Using and reusing a bag like this one is an easy way for you to make a difference. Visit staples.com/ecoeasy to learn more. 07/08

"Staples Saves the World?"

POSTED BY LADY STEED AT 8:46 PM on Sunday, February 17, 2008

A few weeks ago I was standing in line at Staples, waiting to purchase some supplies for the LDOTFMOT. There were only two people in front of me but the wait seemed rather long, considering no one had more than three items.

I started looking around--candy bars, computer magazines, mechanical pencils, refrigerator of coca-cola product, rack of reusable bags with the Staples logo printed in green ink on them...huh?

This last item struck me as odd. Staples just doesn't really seems like a place that you can shop at and think you are being green, or, at the very least, it doesn't seem like a place you would think to get a reusable bag at.

I began to wonder about that bag. I wasn't super close to it so I couldn't get a detailed look, but--I wondered--was it made from recycled materials? I hoped so. But I had a feeling it wasn't.

That got me thinking. Pretty much every store that I go into now has a reusable bag available that's emblazoned with their logo and some sort of slogan about saving the earth. How many of these bags were made from recycled materials and how many were made from raw materials? How much damage has been done to the Earth by all these stores jumping on the green bandwagon? Rushing to make another item for their customers to purchase, this time (ironically) a reusable bag?

It seems silly.

I can picture the marketing people sitting in their meeting rooms saying, "Hey, people really seem to be serious about recycling and all that now. How can we make some money off of that?" "OH! I know, lets sell reusable bags in our stores!" "Great idea, Joe! Get us a quote on 2 million of those."

I think most people have bags that can be used for carrying home groceries in their possession already. I know I do. Plus, I just find it ridiculous that every retail establishment I seem to go into these days is offering these reusable shopping bags.

It seems OK for grocery stores to offer these types of bags with their logos--a customer goes there once a week, maybe more--they will use that bag. But Staples? Seriously? I go there maybe once or twice a year. If I was thinking about purchasing a reusable shopping bag I certainly am not going to get one branded with Staples' logo. What am I? Their walking billboard?

Also, are all those reusable bags really displacing that many plastic bags? I don't think they are. I think the reusable bags are just adding to the pile of stuff we already have. Stuff that will ultimately end up in a landfill.

What do you think about this? Am I being a big grump? Should I just be grateful that corporations are letting even a tiny eco-conscious idea glimmer in their stores? Even if their motivations are not pure?

Or am I right and this is just another example of business-based hypocrisy?

On the bright side, maybe these 'green' bags will be less likely to kill sea turtles.



Computer Associates

"Earth Angel" supporter - Bonnema Potters - 04/09



E-mail message from Douglas Farquhar on June 24, 2008

I read an article about you and wanted to introduce you to our reJAVAnate reusable bag program because it is unique and we think it is a really good story.

We take burlap from coffee roasters that would be otherwise sent to landfills, work with ARC which serves individuals with developmental disabilities to hand make the bags and sell them to individuals and organizations who want to make a statement about reducing paper and plastic bag consumption.

The bags can be custom printed and make a good statement for organizations that have or want to make a commitment to the environment.

Renovos Global Group
14 Goodyear
Ste. 135
Irvine, CA 92618-3759

from a recent Press Release - www.reJAVAnate.com

A Great Story!


Did you know?

• Coffee is 2nd largest commodity in the world
• 800.000 tons of Burlap discarded every year
• The ARC helps 140,000 developmentally disabled members find employment
• U. S. consumes over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps each year. 14 million trees were cut to produce the 10 billion paper grocery bags used by Americans

Bags that make a difference!

"Earth Angel" supporter - Doug F - 07/08


Go RISE up Inc.

from an advertisement

Go RISE up Inc. is a company dedicated to increasing recycling through education, community involvement, and the creation of our line of sustainable apparel and bags. We have a unique focus on recycling plastic shopping bags as less than 4% of the 100 billion bags used annually are currently recycled. Our hands-on training and education programs are designed to start and support recycling programs for schools, businesses and municipalities. As part of our dedication to “closing the loop” all of the plastic bags that are collected through our programs are sent to TREX, a composite decking manufacturer, and are recycled into an eco-friendly alternative to wood lumber.

Our website www.goriseup.com has an incredible variety of reusable bags and eco-apparel for everyone. Recycling has never been so fun, Go RISE up!

334 Main Street (suite 107)
Matawan, NJ 07747

Editor’s note: Contact Chris Rossi at c00rossi@hotmail.com for a discount coupon code. 08/08

"Earth Angel" supporter - Chris R - 08/08


Gary’s Wine & Marketplace

A letter from a supporter

June 25, 2008

I read your interview with Star-Ledger’s Kelly Heyboer today. You have certainly picked up on another of our country’s efforts to protect the planet in this growing trend to recycle in whatever ways possible.

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace is a retailer of wine, spirits, gourmet food and giftware with 3 locations in Northern and Central New Jersey. Owner Gary Fisch is interested in offering our guests ways to help protect our environment. We sell a line of bamboo giftware, which is widely known as environmentally friendly. Additionally, we purchase wine bags hand made from banana bark in Cambodia.

Our latest effort is our reusable wine/grocery tote. This bag is unique as it has fold-out dividers which holds groceries and up to six bottles of wine at a time! Feel free to add this to your collection of eco friendly shopping bags.

If you have any questions, I’d be happy to talk to you.


Nancy Lederman

"Earth Angel" supporter - Nancy L - 06/08


Commonwealth Packaging Company

A letter from a supporter

July 21, 2008

As we discussed, enclosed are three bag samples that were produced by Commonwealth Packaging Company, and below you’ll find descriptions of each bag in case you’d like to feature them in your eco-friendly, reusable bag blog.

White bag: Company – Sol de Ibiza
This woven polypropylene bag was produced in three sizes, designed to be ultra-reusable.

Black bag: Company - Matrix
Matrix used a special environmental sheet that is natural kraft on the inside and white kraft paper on the outside, and contains 75 percent post-consumer waste material. They also used 100 percent soy ink, the most environmentally friendly ink available.

Colorful bag: Company - Wholesale Associated Grocers/Country Mart
This bag is made of recyclable, woven polypropylene material, and has been featured in Country Mart’s in-store ads and website.

Again, what you’re doing to promote bags that will have a positive impact on our environment in quite commendable. Commonwealth Packaging Company and its sales team will continue to do their part, and urge their clients to buy sustainable and eco-friendly bags. Please let me know if you have any questions about the bags I’ve sent or about Commonwealth Packaging Company.

Sarah Groff

An additional bag made from PET - Recycled Milk Containers with a little pocket for coupons.

"Earth Angel" supporter - Sarah G - 07/08



from the Fun Times Guide

Grab a $ .99 Reusable Shopping Bag from Publix

Written by Jeffery on January 10, 2008

Ever wanted to live green by purchasing some reusable shopping bags for those grocery store runs but don't want to pay $15 for each of them?

Publix has your solution...reusable grocery bags for .99 cents!!

Some of my and my wife's friends gave us our Christmas presents in a couple of these bags and then my wife came home with another one after a trip to the store. When she showed me the receipt, I couldn't believe it!

Comment by Steve C Carty on June 26, 2008

After returning from Ireland and witnessing their phenomenal success with transitioning from plastic bags to reusable bags, I desperately want to get involved in doing my part here in the USA and elsewhere to promote this simple eco-friendly solution. Can you please give me some pointers into what type of reusable bags are best with best recyclable properties, average life span, minimum effect to produce on environment etc. There are may to choose from; cotton, canvas, jute, polypropylene, nylon, burlap,etc,

I appreciate all information you can help me with in this early stage of my research. I know that we must all make a difference in reducing the massive quantities of plastic going into the landfills, streams, and oceans. Please help me to be a real fighter for this effort as I am truly on fire with my potential to make a difference and leave a noble legacy for future generations.

Thank You,

Two Eco Bags

"Earth Angel" supporter - Good Neighbor Marty - 07/08



Lets Build Something Together

from Active Rain - Real Estate Network

Kudo’s To Lowes’ . . . Going GREENER

Written by Teresa Harris on 08/11/2008 11:25 PM

Okay, I’m excited! Most will think I have totally flipped to be excited about this, but I am. This weekend I was in Lowes Home Improvement and saw that they are trying to go GREENER. They now offer reusable shopping bags and they are quality ones at that.

Lowes originally was started in North Wilkesboro, NC but has since moved to Mooresville, NC. It is really nice to see companies seeing the importance of trying to get away from the use of plastic shopping bags.

Seeing turtles dying from mistakenly eating plastic bags is all it took for me. Since then 95% of the time we take our own reusable shopping bags when we shop. The other 5% we mistakenly forget them and either purchase more bags or carry the items out to the car.

"Earth Angel" supporter - Good Neighbor Marty - 10/08


Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens

from the Web Site

Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens is the largest herb plant grower in the country, supplying more than 400 varieties of fresh herb plants to American consumers via nurseries and garden centers throughout the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States.

From their modest beginning in Westport as a cut-flower business established in 1922, Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens still remains a family business. 85 years later, Sal Gilbertie and his family are still providing fine herb plants known throughout the area. Even 97-year old Nana, Sal’s mother, can be “seen” tending the gardens in Westport, always offering her gardening advice.

"Earth Angel" supporter - Florence K - 06/08


Amelia's Grocery Outlet

from the Action News - 6abc.com

Amelia's Grocery Outlets offer deals on food - Wednesday, May 13, 2009

On the shelves at Amelia's 11 stores, you'll find plenty of brand-name products. The manufacturers use the chain to sell off items that are getting new packaging, or new sizes, or items that are getting close to their freshness or expiration dates.

But the store guarantees what they sell is good to eat.

Jeff Good, who founded the chain along with his business partner Mike Mitchell, says, " We would not be in business if we sold anything that would make people sick, Number One. Number Two, we would also not be in business if we sold anything that was stale."

Just as with other kinds of outlet stores, the inventory and deals are constantly changing.

Good explains, "When you come to shop this week, you'll see certain branded items and certain sizes. Three weeks later, we'll still have that category, but we may not have the exact same item."

Amelia's Grocery Outlets don't stock fresh meat or poultry. They don't take credit cards, but do take, cash, checks or debit cards. Also, they accept a very few manufacturers' coupons. A list of which coupons are NOT honored is posted at the store entrances.

"Earth Angel" supporter - Sam D - 06/09


Green Today, Inc

from www.begreentoday.org - brochure:

Green Today, Inc. began in the summer of 2007 with four local college grads sitting around the Edison Diner. Faced with the enormity of environmental problems yet wanting to take action, we decided to tackle a local issue with global implications.

We launched a project to put a reusable shopping bag in every resident’s hand, to work with local businesses to ensure that consumers share in the economic savings of reduced plastic bag consumption, to go into local schools with activities to teach children about the effects of plastic bags, and to provide affordable, attractive choices for reusable shopping bags.


100 billion plastic bags used by Americans each year

12 billion barrels of oil needed to make our plastic bags each year

$4 billion cost of plastic shopping bags to the economy

100,000 marine animals die each year due to plastic bags

1000 amount of plastic bags used by the average family each year

0.6% percent of plastic shopping bags that are recycled

Plastic bags are among the 2 items of debris most often found in coastal clean-ups

BYOB = bring your own bag

"Earth Angel" supporter - Milo S - 07/08



from the tag

1 Bag at a Time 08/08

The Problem

14 plastic bags contain enough petroleum to drive a car a mile

380 billion plastic bags or wraps are thrown away in America each year

Making a paper bag emits 70% more global warming gages than making a plastic bag

0 paper bags biodegrade in landfills due to lack of oxygen

Cities spend up to 17 cents per bag in disposal costs, wasting millions of tax dollars

The Solution

Save the world 1 Bag at a Time®


from www.klemsonline.com

Welcome to Klem's in Spencer, MA! We are Tractors, and a whole lot more! We hope you enjoy your visit to our emerging web presence. We here at Klem's are striving to provide an online experience like one you would have in our store in Spencer, friendly, honest and informative. We believe life out here in the country is more laid back and service is best served with a smile. Be sure to bookmark this site and check back often as our site will be updated frequently. Please click on the text to the left to navigate to your specific interests. If you have a question for us, please call and we'll respond as soon as possible.

"Earth Angel" supporter - Cousin Robert D - 08/08



from www.hannaford.com

Reusable Bags

Bring these reusable bags with you when you shop and together we’ll help the environment, one bag at a time!

Reduce waste – replaces disposable plastic & paper bags

Stylish, strong, and washable

According to the product side panel:

The winner of our 2008 bag contest is Zara Davis from Robert C. Parker School, Wynantshill, NY

"Earth Angel" supporter - Cousin Robert D - 08/08

Two Eco Bags

"Earth Angel" supporter - Bonnema Potters - 04/09



Crazy about food 08/08

Celebrate & Protect YOUR environment Re-use this bag when you shop at… Shaw’s

Shaw’s reusable bag, for a greener America

from MyFoxBoston

“Plastic shopping bags and the environment”
by miscricket from Andover
Nov 14, 2007

Yesterday, I was reading an article online about a woman, Janet Martin, who is launching a one woman crusade against the use of those plastic shopping bags supermarkets use. According to Ms. Martin, it takes 100 million barrels of oil annually to produce these bags - most of which get thrown away and end up in a landfill somewhere. By the way, she states, most of them are non-biodegradable in landfills and less than one percent of them are recycled.

It seems to me that in this age of high fuel prices and more awareness of our environment that it would be a no-brainer to make the switch from plastic bags to reusable fabric shopping bags.

I applaud Janet Martin and her efforts to make this small albeit significant difference. What if she could manage to reduce the need for these bags by 20 or 30 percent? What an impact that could have on the environment...??? Not to mention the need for 20 or 30 million LESS barrels of oil?

I'm curious to know what you all think of this? Are you willing to make a change that will benefit the environment with almost no inconvenience to you?

I actually started using the reusable bags a few months ago because Shaw's was selling them for 99 cents each. Not only did I use them at Shaw's but at other stores where I shop. Now, I've noticed that more grocery stores are offering these bags.
I will admit that at first I was a little self conscious, but now I don't even think about it.

So now, how about it..?? What would it take for YOU to make this small change in habit...one that can only result in a positive impact ?

Two Eco Bags

"Earth Angel" supporter - Cousin Robert D - 08/08


Market Basket®

“More for your Dollar” 08/08

from the label

1. Unclip press-stud & open out
2. Lift handles for bag use

Floded & Unfolded

"Earth Angel" supporter - Cousin Robert D - 08/08



from www.WorldWildLife.org

…for the next generation 08/08


Dear WWF Activist,

Earth Hour is tonight, March 29, from 8 to 9 pm local time! Get ready to make it a great celebration for the planet.

Wondering what to do after you turn the lights out? Here are 10 fun ideas to help you, your family and your friends make a change and make a difference today.


4. Do a Recyclables Scavenger Hunt
Get your flashlights and scour your cabinets and shelves for cans, bottles and cardboard (like cereal boxes) that you don't normally recycle. Make a list of all the non-recyclable containers you're using now (like plastic shopping bags and butter tubs), and figure out ways to reduce your consumption of items that end up in landfills. One easy tip: get reusable grocery bags... and reuse them!


"Earth Angel" supporter - Cousin Robert D - 08/08


Giant Markets

Quality, Selection, Savings every day

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 04/08

from www.progressivegrocer.com

"Stop & Shop, Giant Food Go Green"
The Ahold banners will offer a discount and free reusable bag giveaways.

April 21, 2008

In honor of Earth Day this week, Stop & Shop and Giant Food Friday unveiled two programs that urge shoppers to go green. Both Ahold USA banners said that for each shopping bag a customer brings from home to use while shopping -- paper, plastic, or reusable -- Stop & Shop and Giant Food will take five cents off the total shopping bill. Giant’s discount starts on Earth Day, April 22, while Stop & Shop’s begins May 9.

“With this promotion, we want to reward reusability and to demonstrate the positive impact that reusing bags can have on the environment,” noted Stop & Shop and Giant Food president and c.e.o. José Alvarez in a statement. “Customers can consider it a coupon with no expiration date.” The banners are also launching a promotion with General Mills that can give customers reusable bags at no charge.

From April 18 to April 24, any customer who buys $15 of select General Mills products in a single transaction will get five reusable bags. Shoppers can receive Stop & Shop and Giant's standard reusable bags, which have been offered at their stores for over a year, or new limited-edition Earth-Day themed bags from Earthwise. “We felt it was important to give customers five reusable bags, as we recognize the typical trip to the supermarket requires multiple bags,” Alvarez pointed out.

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co./Giant Food, based in Quincy, Mass., employs over 82,000 associates and operates 575 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia


McCaffrey's Markets

A Supermarket Experience 04/08

from www.WWPtoday.com

"McCaffrey's Recycles Plastic Bags" by Jim McCaffrey, November 2007

McCaffrey's Markets recycles plastic bags in each of our locations including our WW store. The program we participate in is called Bag Smart. Goodwill Industries collects our bags and receives much needed funds for their mission so it's a win win for everyone. In addition we offer a rebate to customers who bring their own bags in addition to making canvas bags available to our customers at a very reasonable price.

McCaffrey's also recycles all of it's cardboard. We bale the cardboard a(nd) have it picked up three times a week.

Thank you for your time and interest in this matter.


Harris Teeter

Your Neighborhood Food Market 05/08

from www.harristeeter.com

Recycling is an easy way for each of us to feel good about helping our environment. Harris Teeter has initiated recycling practices that help conserve landfill space, energy, resources and hopefully prevent litter.

Cardboard - Harris Teeter recycles about 30,000 tons of cardboard each year. Recycling this amount of cardboard is equal to growing 2,175,833 tree seedlings.

Plastic/Shrink Wrap – Harris Teeter also recycles about 1.9 million pounds of plastic per year. This number is equivalent to saving 183,502 gallons of gasoline.

Paper Bags - All Harris Teeter paper grocery bags are produced from 100% recycled paper. By upgrading our paper bag from 35% recycled paper in 2007 to 100% recycled product we estimate we are able to save 22,293 trees a year.

Reusable Bags – Harris Teeter also offers reusable shopping bags for just $0.99. These bags can be used every time you shop. Harris Teeter is committed to protecting the planet through the use of efficient products and practices in-store.

Packaging - Harris Teeter has incorporated a variety of degradable product packages. We will continue to incorporate sustainable and environmentally conscientious packaging.

Shopping Baskets - Harris Teeter's shopping baskets are made from 100% recycled plastic.

Shipping - Harris Teeter uses recycled plastic pallets when shipping products to stores. We also recycle all general merchandise and health and beauty plastic totes and milk crates from Hunter dairy.

Shopper Program - Recycling containers can be found in the foyer of all Harris Teeter stores. These bins provide shoppers an easy way to recycle both paper and plastic bags. All they need to do is drop them in the container the next time they go shopping and we take care of the rest. 05/08


Stop & Shop

Eco Bag folds down to 7 inches by 7 inches and snaps together for easy storage. 05/08

from www.seacoastonline.com

Stop & Shop Goes Green
April 21, 2008

EXETER — In celebration of Earth Day, Stop & Shop recently announced two programs that encourage its customers to think green. Beginning on Friday, May 9, the grocery chain announced that for each shopping bag a customer brings from home to use while shopping — whether it's a paper, plastic or reusable bag — Stop & Shop will deduct 5 cents from the total shopping bill. Don't have any reusable bags? Stop & Shop also announced a new promotion with General Mills that can give customers the popular bags for free. From now until Thursday, any customer who purchases $15 of select General Mills products in one transaction will receive five reusable bags. Customers can receive Stop & Shop's standard green and white reusable bags or the chain's new, Earth-Day themed bags for free in this promotion. As part of Stop & Shop's Earth Day promotion, Stop & Shop and Earthwise, the vendor producing the limited edition Earth-Day themed reusable bags, will donate $15,000 to The Conservation Fund (www.conservationfund.org).

"Earth Angel" supporter - Gail E - 05/08

"Earth Angel" supporter - Cousin Robert D - 08/08


"Earth Angel" supporter - Christine of North Brunswick - 12/10


Old Navy

from www.43things.com

How to switch to reusable shopping bags for groceries

by Art_Star July 09, 2009

"Switching over is easy, you just have to remember to take the bags with you!"

How I did it: Well, I ordered 3 totes from Old Navy (they were on sale). Ever since I got them I just take them with me to the store. The hardest part is just remembering to take them into the store with me. The bags hold a lot more than plastic bags do, and they are much more sturdy. They are also good for other stuff, like toting around junk for day trips and stuff like that. :)

Lessons & tips: Don't just get any tote for this, I recommend getting ones that at a bit wider on the top then they are on the bottom. Make sure the handles are long enough for you to put the bag on your shoulder if you want to. It help if you have 3 or more to carry. :)


Family Dollar

from www.USAToday.com

Retailers try new survival strategies for 2010 – Jan 2010

Everyone from the CEOs of Family Dollar to Saks talks about "value" these days. But that doesn't mean stores are going to be doing much deep discounting in 2010. That's so last year. The trend going forward will be more regularly scheduled sales and more-attractive starting prices.

Peter Graf, who heads sustainability for the business software company SAP, says he was paying 10 cents for a plastic bag when he was a little boy. He agrees the free plastic bag may soon be a thing of the past.

"The days where you can go into a grocery store and get 15 plastic bags" are numbered, he says. "The more people start being concerned about it, the more they'll expect (retailers) to be responsible."


Dunkin Donuts

from www.Facebook.com

Encouraging Dunkin Donuts to stop using 1 Billion Styrofoam cups a year. ‎

@Cheryl: I must say I have to agree with Cheryl on this one. My sole intention when creating this page was to gain the attention of one of the largest producers of Styrofoam cups in hopes that it would further influence them to act and the...therefore send a message to other smaller producers of such cups.

Were it not for irresponsible consumers leaving trash behind, there should be no need for a beach cleanup in the first place. That is not the responsibility of the companies that sell the goods. Though the fact that what they are selling is not biodegradable is their responsibility. When I post pictures of a DD cup on the side of the road, it is meant to serve as a reminder that unless picked up, these cups will never biodegrade. They are here FOREVER. September 2010

"Earth Angel" supporter - Carol of North Brunswick - 10/10



from www.Swistle.blogspot.com

Home Goods: Not a Grocery Store

You know what I had for breakfast this morning? Dill pickle cashews (thanks a lot, TESS, now I'm going to have a $5/day HABIT) and coffee with chocolate creamer in it. Set breath phasers to "stun."

Tuli said...

Don't forget: Home Goods (love them!) is NOT a grocery store.

d e v a n said...
That is hilarious! I just can't believe that you are seriously the ONLY person to EVER use a coupon in there. It's like that EVERY time I try to use my cloth bags at WM. They act like I've grown two heads. February 13, 2009‎

"Earth Angel" supporter - Nick of North Brunswick - 12/10


Cracker Barrel

from www.grantgopher.com

Grants for Non-Profits

Cracker Barrel Foundation seeks to strengthen and preserve community by supporting programs in the areas of education, human services, cultural affairs and the environment. Special consideration is given to programs that address children, youth and family issues, and emphasize traditional values such as hard work, education and self-reliance.

Eligibility: Interested applicants must have a Cracker Barrel location in their community.

Proposals are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Refer to the guidelines for information about what to include with the proposal. Funding decisions are made quarterly. It is recommended that you wait twelve months between submitting proposals for funding, regardless of their approval status.

January 19, 2011

"Earth Angel" supporter - Lightning of North Brunswick - 2/11


Cost Cutters

For a Greener America 05/08

from Specialty Promotions Unlimited

The reusable tote for a Greener America 26" Self Handles, Non Woven Polypropylene, Fabric - 90GMs, Covered Bottom Insert, Tear Resistant - Water Repellent, All Seams Reinforced.
Imprint Area is: 7" H X 7" W
May contain up to 6 lines of 70 characters per line


Farm Fresh

Food & Pharmacy Supermarket 05/08

from www.gather.com

"Farm Fresh" by Kim E. January 23, 2008

Shoppers at Farm Fresh grocery stores in Virginia's Hampton Roads region can help Save the Bay and save on their food bill by using Farm Fresh's reusable tote bags. Every time a shopper uses one of the reusable bags, Farm Fresh will make a five-cent donation to CBF and give a nickel refund on the customer's grocery bill.

"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is very excited to be partnering with Farm Fresh to promote reusable grocery bags," said Ann F. Jennings, Virginia Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. "Using recycled bags is a great way to reduce litter, conserve natural resources and help Save the Bay."

The attractive totes sell for $1.99, and are sturdy enough to last for many years. Shoppers can easily find them at the front of the store. Cashiers encourage shoppers to buy bags and reuse them with each visit. In addition to offering the reusable bags, Farm Fresh will continue to serve as a collection site for recycling plastic and paper bags.

"Our customers are becoming more environmentally conscious and we wanted to offer them the opportunity to benefit from their efforts by initiating this new program," said Ron Dennis, Farm Fresh President and COO. The program was first introduced in November 2007 at the opening of Farm Fresh's newest store, The Market at Harbor Heights in downtown Norfolk, and is now in place at 40 stores from Newport News to Elizabeth City. Plans are underway for a similar program in the Richmond area.

Reusable bags for the Bay are catching on, and have received lots of favorable comments from Farm Fresh customers, according to Susan Mayo, Community Relations Director for Farm Fresh. The proceeds will be used locally to further the educational efforts of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Hampton Roads office, located in Norfolk.


Safeway Markets * Genuardi's

Ingredients for life. 04/08

from www.oregonlive.com

"Eat your greens: Will reusable bags ever go from crunchy to common?"
Posted by Shelby Wood, The Oregonian March 17, 2008

First there was the gray-haired, buttoned-up guy at the Broadway Fred Meyer, a reusable tote slung over one shoulder. Then, a new rack of reusable bags for sale popped up near the checkout stations at my neighborhood Safeway on MLK Jr. Blvd., a store not known as a hotbed of eco-consciousness. And for two weeks running, a checker at the Interstate Avenue Freddie's didn't even blink when I handed her reusable bags to fill.

Signs of a (pending) cultural shift? Perhaps.

Despite Portland's green rep, most of us still want our plastic. Grocers know this from customer surveys. You know this by standing in a line at a Fred Meyer, Safeway or Albertsons. Most checkers default to bagging items in plastic, unless you beat them to the punch. And most customers roll out with multiple plastic sacks -- an average of 400 per family per year, according to Fred Meyer.


•As of January '08, Safeway has been selling reusable bags in all 116 stores in Portland and Southwest Washington. Spokesman Dan Floyd says all the stores would've been selling the bags sooner, but Safeway struggled at first to find a supplier who could provide enough bags and keep the price low, 99 cents a pop.

•Mike Zupan says his four Portland stores have given away or sold thousands of reusable bags since Zupan's 10,000-bag giveaway last summer, although he didn't have exact figures.

All of the above came to pass after Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams in April 2007 raised the specter of a ban on plastic bags (San Francisco already bans them; China just announced it will do so; Ireland charges a 33-cent plastic bag tax). Portland-area grocers gathered and agreed to promote reusables to customers, and the ban buzz petered out. Same goes for Eugene, according to a recent Register-Guard story.


Says Floyd, from Safeway: "We need to be efficient in the line. We've responded to what the consumer has demanded and more often than not the consumer has wanted plastic, so that's generally the first option. We're not going to ask a checker to try to convince somebody to use a reusable bag, but we're going to make them visible and find a supplier who offers the best prices." (The reusable push has prompted another training issue, Floyd notes. With so many folks bringing empty bags into stores, employees must be even more watchful for shoplifters. Bummer.)


If the big grocers are serious about, as Safeway's Floyd puts it, "transitioning the consumer from paper and plastic to reusable bags," wouldn't a few words at the checkout counter be a cheap, easy way to plant the seed? ("Paper, plastic, or do you have your own bag?" -- with no judgment attached.) It's all well and good to advertise, sell and give away reusable bags, but what's the point if customers are made to feel sheepish or guilty when they try to use them?


But here's the thing: The peer pressure (checker pressure?) worked. Now if I could just remember not to leave my reusable bags in the car.

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A Collection of Recent Americana
updated Spring 2009

I’ve been collecting items (soaps, shampoos, shower caps, shoe horns, matches, postcards, pens, pencils, sewing kits, shoe mitts and anything else that is free) from hotels, motels, resorts, planes, trains and cruise ships since 1989.

I am a member of the second quintile of the “Baby Boomer” generation. I have been a Computer Programmer since 1979. I’ve written and self published two workbooks about my interest in crafts “How 2 Carve Pumpkins” and “How 2 Make Holiday Crafts.”

I’ve traveled to 40 states and 3 provinces of Canada, adding to my collection. I am a “Gentleman Collector” meaning that I collect things that interest me, do not have a plan or mission and am not an eccentric or a zealot.

Complimentary Travel Sundries is my name for what the hospitality industry calls “personal amenities”

Complimentary because the items are free
Travel because one travels when one stays at these places and
Sundries because it just fits

Reason for the Collection:

The items are wonderful mementos of my journeys. They remind me of happy times and I enjoy sharing my adventures with others. I also use the duplicates at home and have over 1,000 individual items, trying to collect at least three different items from each location.

Reason They Exist:

Ever since October 16, 1829 when the Tremont House in Boston offered, for the first time, private rooms with a room key, wash bowl, running water and FREE SOAP - people have been collecting personal amenities on their travels. Prior to the 1960’s, one was lucky to get a wafer thin piece of soap at the major chains. As traveling became easier and more popular, companies that make health & beauty and consumer items used product placement to keep their brands in the minds of the traveling public. Sundries or personal amenities as they are called in the hospitality industry serve other purposes other than to keep the guests clean and neat. They are mini-advertisements and constant reminders of pleasant times. According to Omni Hotels, “90% of guests surveyed have taken home at least one free item. “ 1

Everyone has a piece of a potential collection at home. The soap from the ski trip in 12th grade, the shampoo from the second honeymoon or something from a stay at the Lincoln bedroom or the Blair House. The amenities change over time and there seems to be “amenities creep” and an “amenities gap” between hotels. Ritz-Carlton began stocking bathrooms with Bulgari brand toiletries in 2000 according to USA Today, but Four Seasons’ Tricia Messerschmidt said, “You saw it here first.” 2 According to Travel Holiday magazine, “Bulgari products in the bathroom at a Berlin hotel are worth $150.00 retail and the little bar of no-name soap at the Motel 6 in Texarkana, Arkansas is worth about a nickel.” 3

My Collection and the Media:

Broadcast TV: ABC WPVI 6 - Philadelphia on Don Polec’s World and NJN-TV Nightly News Cable TV: Hobbyland USA, News12 – New Jersey (twice) and Louis Rukhyser’s Wall Street - CNBC

Featured in the Star-Ledger, Trenton Times, Courier-Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, South Jersey Newsweekly and the Princeton Packet publication. Also Successful Meetings and Counselor magazines.

The Collection was the topic of discussion on WCTC 1459 - New Brunswick, NJ, KRLD – Dallas, CJBK – London, Canada, the “Shawn & Dave Show”, Calgary, Canada, WLAN – Lancaster, WNTK – New England, KTRIS – St. Louis, WTUN – Columbus, OH radio stations.

Over the years, the Collection has been on display in Libraries in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, Ocean, Burlington and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.

Made in New Jersey:

Guest Supply in Monmouth Junction, NJ is a leading supplier of personal care amenities with 10% of the business and supplies 36 of the 40 chains (over 16,000 hotels). 4

James Thurber’s Walter Mitty Dream #1:

I would like to see my collection on permanent display in the Trenton Capital Rotunda next to the dueling pistols of Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.

James Thurber’s Walter Mitty Dream #2:

A voyage on the small luxury cruise ship - Song of Flower. There are 180 passengers and 90 staff with over 80 kinds of personal amenities on board.

Other Famous Collectors:

Fabio Lanzoni - TV Commercials Celebrity and Cover boy on Romance Novels. “I collect soaps from hotels” he said in a USA Weekend, August 1995 article. “The hotels I go to, they have big soaps. Very big, very nice soaps.” 5 In his case, size matters.

Chris Tang – has perhaps the world’s best collection of sewing kits according to a magazine advertisement. 6 I have over 30 and one kit looks like a purse and came from the Beverly Hills Hotel in the early 1940’s.

Soapy Sam’s Wife – She is a soap and shampoo ‘lifter.’ Milton Fine, former CEO and Chairman of Interstate Hotel Corporation said, “These amenities are put there for guests to use in any way they wish.” 7

Some Trivia:

Guest Quarters - Suite Hotel merged with Double Tree Hotels and the two conjoined trees on the new items are really stylized script for Guest Quarters as a tribute.

Some Interesting Items:

Coconut oil skin moisturizer with aloe, sandalwood hand lotion, chamomile and honey conditioner, soap from the now defunct Braniff Airlines imprinted with graphics designed by Alexander Calder, shower cap from Montreal - bonnet de @#!*% and savon desodorisant - deodorant soap, Condado Plaza items have cork stoppers tied with a piece of raffia, the old version from Disney World - peach colored and the new version with red and black Mickey graphics, ocean friendly bio-degradable packets from Royal Caribbean, Kitschy - South of the Border, Motel 6, Raddison Hotel - alligator, pens in the shape of Mickey Mouse, a cactus and a nail, match book from the Wigwam Motel, the gambling resorts collection including sunglasses from Caesars and a key chain from Tropicana, Marriott pack - complete kit containing deodorant, shave cream, blade, comb, tooth brush and paste, bath foam from Cuddle & Bubble where all the rooms have a Jacuzzi, the Royal York of Toronto, at one time, the biggest hotel in the British Commonwealth with 1,385 rooms, cocoa butter soap from the Hershey Hotel

Some Famous Brand Names:

Nina Ricci, Caswell & Massey, Neutrogena, Chemistry, Garden Botanika, Dahlmeyer, Bath & Body Works, Lord & Mayfair, Scope, Gilchrist & Soames, Institute Swiss, Finesse

What Happens Over Time:

Soaps and shampoos tend to dehydrate and discolor. The wrappers fall off some of the bars of soap and some of the bottles leak.

How the Collection Almost Saved My Life:

In the Winter of 1999, I had a bad cold with coughing. About midnight, I ran out of house brand cough syrup. I happened to look on the side of the bottle and noted the ingredients list with 10% alcohol. I went downstairs, sorted through my Collection, and found a small bottle of “Nassau Royale Liqueur” with 33.5% alcohol from a hotel in Nassau. Being a teetotaler, I drank half the bottle and had a sound and restful sleep.

Some Interesting Trips:

Train ride to Chicago in the middle of a snowstorm. Stayed at the Inter-Continental Hotel and swam in the 1930’s Turkish bath style indoor pool all by myself.

Westin La Paloma resort in Tucson where each room has an iron and ironing board, a phone in the bathroom and I had to call the front desk for a golf cart ride to the car. The terry cloth bathrobe was $62.00 to take home, I didn’t.

Sitting in a Jacuzzi, air temperature in the 40’s, overlooking Lake Powell at Page, AZ with some new friends from Bullhead City, AZ.

In Vancouver, BC in 1994, I stayed at the Westin - Stanley Island the night after the Grand Prix for half price because all the racing fans had left. The Hotel is the only place in the world where one can register for a room three ways. The normal way or register by boat or register by pontoon plane. I saw a plane land and taxi to the “float thru” registration window.

In the mid 1990’s, I stayed at a nondescript Harley Motel in Columbus, Ohio. The matchbook stated that the Harley is part of the Helmsley Hotel empire and the indoor pool had a large H – H logo on the bottom of the deep end. I did not see any paintings of Leona.

For four Decembers, I stayed with my Parents in the Fulton Steamboat Motel in Lancaster, PA on the two-day “shoppers special.” Although at least 40 miles from any body of water that could support a steamboat, the motel looks like one and pays homage to Fulton who was born near by. One time, I swam in the large indoor pool while a snowstorm was raging and children were making a snowman using Oreo cookies instead of coal for the eyes and buttons on the bow of the “boat.”

At a Miami Beach – Holiday Inn in 1977, they had a large viewing window behind the front desk to watch underwater swimmers in the pool. My wallet was stolen from my room after I left my room key in my shoe on the beach as I went for a dip.

Once at a kitchenette motel in Speedway, Indiana in 1976 on business; I fell asleep with the door not completely locked and was awaken by a businessman who went to the wrong room. At the same motel, my home office called to tell me to move out, the room rate was going up four times because of the Indy 500. The same thing happened a month before in Louisville, KY at the Motel 6 because of the Kentucky Derby. Finally, while in Louisville, I happened to walk up to the KFC and ordered a gizzard box. I always wondered where all the Chicken gizzards and livers went.

At the Hilton on the Isle of Kauai in 1991, I sat on the beach and swam in the ocean on or near where a female guest once sued the hotel because a wave knocked her down. The hotel later had to place signs to caution guests that wave motion may be erratic and could knock a person down.

While staying on the S.S. Independence off the Kona coast of the big island of Hawaii, I took a snorkel diving trip up the coast to Kealakekua Bay where Captain James Cook was killed. Our tour guide advised us not to hang on the grave marker/statue to catch our breath while treading water.

In Ottawa, the capitol of Canada in 1995, I stayed at the Delta Hotel. In addition to a large indoor pool, they had a two-storie indoor water slide. I only tried it once because I was too tired to climb up the steps after a long day of sightseeing.

I took Amtrak’s Southern Crescent from New Orleans to Trenton, NJ in 1995. The ride took 30 hours and I had a First Class sleeper and many good meals in the full service dinning car. After leaving Atlanta, I had catfish breaded in corn meal AKA the “calabash” style made famous in the Carolinas.

Movie Connections:

Hollywood and environs: 8

A young Dustin Hoffman met up with a much older Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) at the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Blvd in the 1967 film, the Graduate. Also, the jury for the Manson Family trial was sequestered here in 1969 - for nine months.

The Park Plaza Hotel on South Parkview overlooks the Douglas “MacArthur Park” made famous in the 1960's rendition by Richard Harris. The ballroom was the backdrop for scenes from Stripes in 1981 to the Mask in 1994.

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel on South Olive was a stand-in for San Francisco in Vertigo - 1938 and New York City for the New York, New York film in 1971. Lately, the remake of the Italian Job in 2002 used hallways and dinning rooms in many scenes.

In the Line of Fire, the 1993 film with Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich, the movie’s conclusion was shot in and on the elevators at the Bonaventure Hotel on South Figueroa. Governor Arnold and a reluctant horse in the 1994 film, True Lies, used the same elevators for comic relief.

The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset with the Polo Lounge was the setting for the Valley of the Dolls in 1967 and California Suite in 1977. Since then, no filming has been allowed. Warner Brothers duplicated the public rooms at a studio lot.

Warren Beatty lived at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Wilshire Blvd until he met Annette Bening and became a “family” man as did Steve McQueen until he left for Mexico and useless Laetrile treatments. Parts of Pretty Woman were filmed on the top floor – Presidential Suite in 1990. Lately in 2002, George Clooney addressed a convention of Lawyers in the Grand Ballroom for the intolerable movie, Intolerable Cruelty.

The Nakotomi Tower mentioned in the 1988 release of Die Hard was really the Fox Tower in Century City. Roddy McDowell and Sly Stallone both went “ape” at Century City in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Demolition Man, dis-respectively.

The Munchkins lived and drank at the Culver Hotel on Culver Blvd while making the Wizard of Oz in 1938. Backdrops from some of the Our Gang and Laurel & Hardy comedies were also filmed at the hotel.

Some Like it Hot - With Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. The Seminole Ritz in Florida was really San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado. 9 Stuntman with Peter O’Toole and Steve Railsback was also filmed at the resort.

New York City and environs: 10

The St. Regis Hotel on East 55th Street rooms were used for trysting in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, 1986. The King Cole dining room became an elegant 1940’s nightclub where Mia Farrow worked as a cigarette girl in Radio Days, 1987.

Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue showed off their bedrooms and bathrooms in Crocodile Dundee, 1986 as did the movie Ma and Pa Kettle go to Town in 1950. Kate Hudson as a rock groupie, Penny Lane, OD’d there in the 2000 film, Almost Famous.

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Park Avenue is where Al Pacino chose to have his final fling in the 1992 Scent of a Woman. It was called the Lindbergh Palace Hotel in the Royal Tenenbaums 2002. Royal, Gene Hackman, was thrown out. It was also called the Beresford Hotel in Maid in Manhattan, 2003 where Jennifer Lopez played a house cleaner.

Brad Pitt as Death meets Anthony Hopkins in a lavish penthouse at the Carlyle Hotel, East 76th Street in the 1998 movie, Meet Joe Black. Woody Allen & Diane Wiest have a bad date as Bobby Short sings in the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters.

Igby, Kieran Culkin, interrupts his Mother, Susan Saradon’s lunch in Igby Goes Down 2002 at the Stanhope Hotel’s dining room, Fifth Avenue. Carrie Bradshaw has been known to take her handyman-of-the-month for an overnight stay of Sex in the City.

The Chelsea Hotel on West 23rd Street was home for Arthur C. Clark while he wrote 2001: Space Odyssey. Andy Warhol’s filmed The Chelsea Girls there in 1966 and later in 1996, I Shot Andy Warhol used the hotel as background.

Jack Nicholson checked into the Mayflower Hotel, Central Park West in the 1994 movie, Wolf and we all know what happens next.

The Beatles stayed at the Warwick Hotel on West 54th Street for their TV Debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960’s. Woody Allen’s 2003 Anything Else and American Splendor 2003 used the grounds of the Hotel.

Tom Cruise changed the rooms at the Royalton Hotel on west 44th Street into a publishing office in the 2001 film, Vanilla Sky.

Mikey and Kim spent 9 ½ Weeks in 1986 at the Algonquin Hotel, West 44th Street, I hope not on the Round Table used by Manhattan Intellectual’s in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

San Francisco and environs: 11

In the 1978 remake of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers, after Kevin McCarthy is run down in a cameo appearance, Donald Sutherland calls the police from the Hamlin Hotel in the Tenderloin District. He gives the wrong address, “Leavenworth and Turk” when in fact the hotel is at Leavenworth at Eddy.

On the same street, Jimmy Stewart follows Kim Novak to her apartment at the “Empire Hotel”, now called he York Hotel in the 1958 Hitchcock classic Vertigo.

Gene Hackman in the Conversation, 1974 over hears “bugged” conversations at the Jack Tarr Hotel which is the Cathedral Hill Hotel on Van Ness Avenue.

Johnny Ross hides out at the Hotel Daniels aka the Kennedy Hotel on Embarcadero in Bullitt, 1968, but he is gunned down. The Embarcadero freeway, near by and the hotel were victims of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The corporate headquarters for the Gap, Inc. stands in the hotel’s place.

The Hotel Bristol at 888 O’Farrell Street in the Financial district is really the Hilton Hotel used in the 1972 movie What’s Up Doc? This was Peter Bogdanovich’s homage to 1930’s comedies like Bringing Up Baby. I thought What’s Up Doc? was a funny movie when I first saw it in a packed movie house on a rainy day in Clearwater Florida but upon reflection, I know it is bad.

The St. Francis Hotel at the summit of Powell Street was showcased in the opening scene in The Candidate, 1972.

A confused, more than normally, Michael Douglas tries to kill himself by jumping off the roof of the fictional “CRS” building. He crashes through the glass ceiling of the Palace Garden Restaurant in the Sheraton on New Montgomery Street in the 1997 film, The Game. To his astonishment, he lands on a large air pillow and finds himself at his own surprise birthday party, planned by Brother Sean Penn. I don’t want to go to that family’s Thanksgiving dinner.

In the 1974 Towering Inferno, the lobby interior of the “Glass Tower” was the Hyatt Regency’s on Embarcadero Center. The movie, Time After Time in 1979 had H. G. Wells played by Malcolm McDowell advance to the “future” of San Francisco in the late 1970’s. The expansive lobby, the outside elevator cabins and the rotating Equinox Restaurant were used to great effect. Mel Brooks also used the elevator cabins to a scary/humorous effect in the 1978 film, High Anxiety.

TV Land: 12

John Belushi of Saturday Night Live fame, died of a drug overdose at Bungalow B-3 of the Chateau Marmont Hotel on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA.

The Great Northern Hotel on Twin Peaks (1990-91) was the Salish Lodge overlooking Snoqualmie Falls, WA.

In Hawaiian Eye (1959-63) Connie Stevens as Cricket was a night club singer at the Hawaiian Village Hotel’s Shell Bar.

The Village, setting for The Prisoner – a British TV series in 1968 (my favorite at the time but now almost un-watchable) had 17 episodes. It starred Patrick McGoohan and was filmed at Hotel Portmeiron, an eccentric masterpiece built by an amateur architect called Clough Williams-Ellis. The Hotel is on Cardigan Bay, in the north of Wales, near the town of Penrhyndeodraeth.

The Love Boat (1977-86) was filmed aboard the Pacific Princess and the Assistant Purser; Fred Gandy later ran for and won a seat in the US House of Representatives.

Some other TV Land Hotels:

Barclay Hotel, NYC, in the Ann Sothern Show
Shady Rest Inn, Hooterville, in Petticoat Junction
Hotel Carlton, San Francisco, in Have Gun, Will Travel
St. Gregory Hotel, San Francisco, in Hotel
Stafford Inn, Vermont, in Newhart

Everywhere Else:

Fugitive with Harrison Ford - Filmed at and around the Chicago Hilton. In addition, the Package with Tommy Lee Jones and Running Scared with Billy Crystal & Gregory Hines.

Interview with a Vampire - Prytania Street, the lower Garden District in New Orleans was the final resting place of the Vampires.

King of Kings - An ersatz Jerusalem was constructed out of canvas and wood where Utah and Arizona meet. Lake Powell was formed by the Glen Canyon Dam on the upper Colorado River and what remains of Jerusalem is now under 40 feet of water.

From Here to Eternity - While in Hawaii on the island of Ohau in 1991, I went to Fort Schofield with my cousin who is an officer in the Army. I walked in the same quadrangle where Montgomery Cliff walked and stood on the porch where Frank Sinatra was sweeping on KP duty in the movie. In TV land, I also saw the bridge where the S.S. Minow and Gilligan pass under on a “three hour tour.”

Harvey Girls with Judy Garland - I stayed at the Bright Angle Lodge on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1990. There are almost no guard rails around the Canyon and there was no full moon that night so we had to walk C*a*r*e*f*u*l*l*y! The historic El Tovar Hotel and Restaurant is next door and was originally a “Fred Harvey” property.

The Other Side of the Mountain - In the late 70’s, I stayed a month on business at the Vagabond motel in Salanis, KS and went on a date with the manager, Pat Fromdahl. We saw the movie in an old theater and my date hid her face in my sleeve through out the movie, mostly crying. I still have the motel’s ball-point pen in the original plastic wrapper as a memento of that date.

Source Material

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2. “Luxury Hotels: Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better,” USA Today, November 14, 2000, page 5B.

3. “Is There $150 in the Bathroom?” Travel Holiday, Spring 2000, page 30.

4. “Guest Supply,” New Jersey Business, 1998.

5. “Absolutely Fabio,” USA Weekend, August 25, 1995, page 14.

6. “Chris Tang,” Advertisement for ATM’s.

7. “Dear Abby,” Courier-Times, January 16, 1995, page 60.

8. Hollywood: The Movie Lover’s Guide by Richard Alleman, Harper & Row, 2005

9. “Many Hotels Around Nation Set the Scene for Vacations,” Star-Ledger, May 26, 2002, section 8, page 3.

10. New York: The Movie Lover’s Guide by Richard Alleman, Harper & Row, 2005

11. Celluloid San Francisco: the File Lover’s Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations by Jim Van Buskirk & Will Shank, Chicago Review Press, Inc., 2006

12. TV Land A Guide to America’s Television Shrines, Sets and Sites by Robin Keats, St. Martian’s Griffin, 1995


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Good Bye to Sam - Tribute to Sam Dalessandro - June 1, 2016

Welcome Relatives and Friends and members of the Media

This time, 94 and ½ years ago, Mother Camila was getting ready to have another baby at home. Maybe she had some of little Nicky’s hand me down clothes at the ready and made some cloth diapers out of an old flour sack. (Hope it’s another boy, they are much easier, at least in the beginning, she may have thought) She probably never thought that her Son would grow up to be a successful person who cast a long shadow, in many ways. He worked, lived and loved all of his Life and has been a good example of what a Christian can be to his family, friends, his Country, his God and himself.

By looking back briefly, on Sam’s 94 years, we can find many turning points in his Life that made him that way. We all have similar turning points where things can go one way or the other – the fork in the road. We may have a chance to think about it before or it just gets thrusted upon us. Maybe we can learn something about the way Sam handled some of these transitions, I did.

His first turning point happened when his future parents got out of Italy PRONTO! and came to the “Land of the Free.” Just think, they and their progeny avoided two World Wars – up close, many political schisms including Facishsism and Communism, an over bearing Byzantine-like Church and no food.

Subsequently, Sam was born in the back bedroom of a little farmhouse in Holland, PA. Although the family was small, it got bigger and poorer with more children and the Depression – really fast. They moved to Penndel and Sam shared a room with his brothers. He once told me that even though they were poor, his Mother would sometimes make a plate of spaghetti and meatballs for the wandering hobos, a colorful name for a bum, back then.

Turning Point 2 – TP2 for short: After 8th grade Sam had a chance to go to Williamson Trade School in Media, PA on a full scholarship and learn a trade – Carpentry a craft he practiced for the next 44 years. Although he missed his family, in exchange he got only one roommate, three meals a day, a chance to learn new things and work with his hands and maybe meet different kinds of people with a different outlook on life. It was a good place to grow up and in return, he supported the school all of his life and even encouraged his nephew Richie to attend.

Upon graduating in 1941, working the Summer & Fall and then a few months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Sam joined the Navy. After some basic training, he met the enemy in the South Pacific, survived a torpedo explosion and near sinking of his Destroyer, the USS Renshaw; thus ensuring his ‘Life and Liberty.’ TP3 through TP12. He had to do a lot of quick thinking, just to stay alive for a few years.

While in Washington, DC for more training, he met his future, a Southern Belle from the hills of Tennessee - Ruby Nell Key who worked in the Pentagon as a Secretary in the Top Secret division and Sam experienced ‘the pursuit of Happiness.’ Lucky TP13.

Was it thinking about experiencing Death, up close and seeing the death of his buddies or the floating bloated bodies of the enemy or the sickening boredom between battles or probably the love of a Good Christian Woman – Sam decided to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior and walked the Straight and Narrow path the rest of his long Life. TP14 his Life was changed forever!

After the war, they married and moved to a pre-Levittown Bucks County and started a family. While building their home, they lived the first three years in the basement with the upstairs, the outside walls and the roof - yet to come. – TP15.

He and Ruby went to Church and brought the kids along too. I don’t want to think about all the possible extra sins, bad habits and wrong turning points my Sister Melody and I avoided by having great Parents and a local Church for our Spiritual, Emotional and Social needs. Melody hit the jackpot and met her future husband Garret in the ‘Young Peoples’ group – all I got was a lousy T-Shirt.

I like the way both Sam & Ruby curbed their bad habits, watched their language and stopped smoking and drinking an occasional beer as soon as we children could observe and learn something about their (bad) examples. Wouldn’t it be nice if Parents still did that today?

After many years of working outside, all Summer and all Winter; Sam retired and tried his hand at a Tool Sharpening business, in his garage. I suggested a slogan for him, “I can sharpen anything that cuts, except my Son’s wit – it’s too sharp already” but for some reason he never used it? TP16

He missed his wife Ruby of 65 years when she died in 2008, we all did. He had a passel of student boarders from the local Bible College in the next few years, trying to fill the hole in his heart. A good example of a bad Turning Point, in my opinion because they seemed to take advantage of his good nature. Except for meeting Mr. Dave Addy, still a good friend. He also met Ms. Tracy Mahoso, a great lady through a mutual friend who was one of those bad boarders I was talking about.

Sam and Tracy had wonderful times together and great fun even with a 30 plus age difference and many cultural chasms to gaze across. They were both Christians who lost their respective spouses too soon. She once told me that everything Sam says makes her laugh. Maybe it was a “Lost in Translation” problem? They even went on a few double dates with Carol and me, when Sam was 91. Now that I look back on it – they were laughing and knocking heads whispering and having more fun than Carol and I ever had. TP18 wish it never ended

Even though I had to move in with Sam and be his care giver, after he got out of Rehab from fracturing his Pelvis on the left side in December 2014, Sam still enjoyed Life and ‘got by with a little help from his friends.' TP19

He only required a hospital type bed, a wheel chair and help from a Certified Nursing Assistant the last three weeks of his Life until his last Turning Point - Death and his time to be Judged by God, last Tuesday. We all have that Turning Point in common.

Before I open up the floor for other comments, Mr Dave Addy will contribute a prayer…

My sister Melody and I want to invite you to an ‘Olde Fashioned Ice Cream Social’ at Sam’s home in Penndel, not too far away. If the driveway is full, park nearby on the grass or on Rumpf Avenue.

Thank you

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The Silent Sam Experience

I’ve been Sam Dalessandro’s - Care Giver since Christmas 2014, more like his Cruise Director. All I really have to do is make sure he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and almost everything in between. Since his fall, healing and physical therapy; he has been getting stronger, still enjoys Life and makes most of his own meals. He takes a shower and shaves twice a week; tries to keep clean the other days and works at keeping up appearances – most of the time. I told him that Oscar Wilde once wrote, “The King has no secrets from his Valet.” I know all of Sam’s secrets, wish I didn’t - maybe I’ll tell you some right now.

CORRECTION: I really meant to use the following quote: "No man is a hero to his valet. This is not because the hero is not a hero, but because the valet is a valet." — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Glen, the Son - Summer of 2015

Hygiene: I noticed that he lives in a misty world of Febreze® Air Effects and Lysol® Disinfectant Spray, which do a great job in killing germs and destroying or at least covering up nasty odors. What did they do before we conquered chemicals and the spray can was invented; wear a clothes pin on their nose? There is a dusty coating of medicated powder, baby powder and foot powder all over the bathroom and his bedroom. I once threaten to sweep up the powder and pour it back into the containers to use again – wouldn’t make any difference, would it? I’d remove the bigger chunks of whose knows what first! He also uses more than his share of personal hygiene paper products – wish I had stocks in the Kimberly-Clark Corporation®.

Social Life: As a Widower, he doesn’t date anymore. I used to double date with him and we’d take our dates Carol and Tracy to places like the Bonefish Grille®. The first time, we ordered appetizers and entrees and shared a dessert or two. I found out later that he liked the food so much that he invited Tracy back to the restaurant, the next weekend but this time, he would only spring for two appetizers – not cool.

Speaking of double dating with a single Parent, I hold the distinction of also double dating with a single Sibling – Melody. One time when she was home from college and her boyfriend and future Husband Gary was out of town, she didn’t want to stay with her fuddy-duddy Parents on a Saturday night. A guy up the street who would become an important Doctor in the Pittsburgh area wanted to take her to the movies but she heard he was an octopus - ‘all hands’. She asked me to double date and since I didn’t have a car but had a girlfriend – Mary Jane, I jumped at the chance. We went to Trenton, NJ and the Warren Theater (all gone now) and saw “Cool Hand Luke.” I think it was raining out, if I remember correctly. We were no help to Melody because we ran ahead and sat up front to get away from the old folks. I had a great time and I think we had ice cream at Greenwood Dairies®, after the show.

Hey, let’s get back to Sam’s social life, why don’t we… Sam likes to go with neighbor Don to “Whopper Wednesdays®.” I once called Don, Sam’s other Son who knows how to do stuff like plow & remove snow and cut the lawn. I occasionally take Sam to Church but he doesn’t seem to mind watching hours of religious type shows on Sunday morning and night – if we don’t go. I helped him get ready for Father’s Day Sunday, hoping that he would be awarded a prize for being the ‘Oldest Father’ in attendance. I say ‘awarded’ because I don’t think you can have a contest and ‘win’ anything at Church except for the ‘big guys’ down the street and Bingo. Sam won a $40.00 Gift Card for Home Depot® three years ago but only won a $10.00 Gift Card for Dunkin Donuts® this year – inflation takes its toll. We were a little worried because I wondered if there wasn’t a Grand Son somewhere who would go to the Old Folks Home and retrieve his Grand Pop for a few hours; clean him up and spray him down and then prop him up in a side pew – just to win. I wouldn’t do a thing like that – nor/or would I?

Thinking about it further, being the oldest Dad isn’t really a meaningful category anymore; it should be the person who has been a Father the longest. Because of the War, Dad wasn’t a Father until he was 25 and has been a Father for 69 years, which just happens to be my Sister Melody’s age. Say, another man fathered a child at age 17; he’d only have to be older than 86 to beat my Father in this new contest of mine. Hope they use this category, next year – hard to prove though.

I take Sam out to dinner at Cracker Barrel® about once a week, but he maybe a little lonely anyways. Sam watches FOX-TV® - from noon until he goes to sleep around 10:00 PM. I tell him that each personality each hour, comments on the same few stories, over and over – all day. I wish he would watch an old movie on AMC® or TCM®, like other old people do. Last Saturday night, I tuned to the Educational Channel at 7:00 PM so Sam could watch the Lawrence Welk Show® rerun and took off for a Concert. Later that evening, I asked him what he watched after the music and he said, “Some movie by the guy who married his Daughter.” It took me just two ticks to figure out that he meant Woody Allen (79) and the movie “Annie Hall.” I think Woody’s wife Soon–Yi Previn (44) was adopted by Woody’s girlfriend at the time, Mia Farrow but it still seems yucky to me.

While sitting in his wing-back chair, Sam likes to answer the phone and listens to sales calls, even the pre-recorded ones. I asked him not to give them his credit card number, social security number or his address or tell them anything important about me. When someone occasionally calls for me and I’m not around, Sam gives them my home phone number even though I only go over there to get the mail, water the garden or cut the lawn and shoo away the squirrels and mice. If I’m around, I’ll check the Caller Id phone number first and if it is Miami, Los Angeles or an 800 number - I just let it ring. If I accidently pick up a robo-call or junk call, I quickly press ‘5’ and hang up. I read once in Consumer Report® magazine that a ‘5’ sends a message to the computer to never call that number again – it seems to work.

Food: Sam makes his breakfast of oatmeal with a half a banana - sliced. I give him a small bowl of popcorn; he likes it and it may help him to cough and unclog his breathing systems. He washes down his pills with Strawberry flavored Ensure® or what I call – liquid chalk. He enjoys his Meals-on-Wheels® delivered at lunch time and sometimes talks to the volunteer driver. I call the service, ‘Mush on Wheels.’ Normally, Sam separates the meal in two and puts one portion into another bowl and then slops a few tablespoons of Prego® Tomato Sauce on top. He takes the bowl over to the old Microwave and zaps it for 1-2-3, the only numbers that work. After ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ on FOX-TV® and then three quarters of ‘The Kelly File’; he makes the other half of the meal, so he can eat it with the rest of his pills before bedtime. I occasionally ask him if he is really enjoying the food or if he is merely shoveling it in, chewing and swallowing it for no good reason. He looks at me like he has a crazy Son.

Mobility: For a few years, Sam has relied on a walker to help him stay upright and off the floor. I wanted to add some colorful duct tape stripes on it to ‘trick it out’ but he didn’t want that. I did fashion a plastic serving tray to fit on it so Sam can carry his meals or almost anything else around the house, except for a bowling ball. He has four stations in the house where he does his physical therapy exercises, after breakfast for about 45 minutes. I made him a pulley system hung over a door so he can stretch his arms and work his joints. He also washes the dishes from lunch and folds or hangs up his clothes, after I wash and dry them. He even complains that I make the bath towels ‘feel like needles’ on his skin because I put some ammonia in the wash to kill germs and mask some smells. I chide him on being a ‘big softie’ but I secretly think it’s nice that he’s still concerned about something as esoteric as a soft towel. Medication: In the last 32 weeks, I’ve gotten good at managing his now 28 pills a day and placing them in a pill dispenser with four compartments – Morn, Noon, Eve & Bed. Before the pill dispenser, Sam used to open each pill bottle and take the pills or at least drop them on the floor. Since Memorial Day when he had trouble breathing and was hospitalized for a week; he now has another medication – Oxygen. Medicare ‘gave’ him a Concentrator which removes almost everything from air except for Oxygen and a Compressor to fill portable cylinders with Oxygen. The cylinders work for up to 5 hours and I replace them when needed. At night, Sam turns on the system and unfurls the 50-foot tubing to his bedroom and breaths directly off the Concentrator. It is quite simple but far from being simply quiet! I have to shut my bedroom door and can still hear the constant pumping, even in my dreams.

GOOD NEWS: At his Pulmonology Doctor, Sam’s lungs were clear and his Oxygen level was in the high 90’s; so the Doctor took him off the Oxygen Concentrator and told him that he didn’t need to come back ever again! I told Dad that I never heard of a Doctor that didn’t want the patient to return, in fact the only Doctor that doesn’t want to see you again is the Coroner (Pathalogist). Outlook on Life: Sam is a Christian and also a luck guy – he’s 93 and still going strong with a little help from his family and friends. Last Sunday, I made him breakfast of eggs & sausages and he had two ‘double yoked’ eggs – a sign of good luck. It may be good luck for him but bad luck for the egg. If, and I do mean if the egg was fertilized, the two embryotic chicks would never hatch because there wouldn’t be enough albumin (white of the egg) to nourish both of them until hatching. About Sam being lucky, I might have ‘greased the skids’ a little since I bought a dozen Jumbo eggs and we’ve had three out of four ‘double yoked’ eggs, so far.

What Sam doesn’t have anymore: We all age and change in mostly not-good ways but I’ve noticed three things that my Father doesn’t have anymore – a sense of humor, common sense and loquaciousness. He rarely laughs, especially at my jokes and I’m the certified Uncle of a famous Comedian – Leah Bonnema, so I must to be funny too – mustn’t I? My observations about the Human Condition - of others that is, can be quite telling and funny.

About the next thing, once he was on the phone with his former girlfriend Tracy. She calls almost every week and asks about his health and is a good friend. She asked him where we ate the night before and for some reason, he just couldn’t remember. I yelled, “What happened to your Pelvis bone last November?” He said, “I cracked it!” I then said, “Cracked…?” But he couldn’t but two and two together and come up with Cracker Barrel®.

About loquaciousness; our family has some great talkers, some are too loud and talk nonsense but talkers just the same. Up to about two years ago, when my Father had a stomach ulcer and lost a lot of blood, he doesn’t talk much anymore at least to me. Occasionally, I’ll hear him on the phone or in deep conversation to a special friend or relative but he can go for hours without talking when I’m around. I end up doing both sides of the conversation and use a raspy & squeaky voice when I’m being Silent Sam. My Silent Sam voice is that of a funny guy. Hope YOU get a chance to talk to Sam!

Sam’s Birthday Update: January 27th, 2016. Sam got his Super Flu shot in September, 2015 and a Pneumonia booster injection in October, 2015. He went back in the Hospital for a week in early October because he couldn’t breathe well. He got so weak in there that he came home in an ambulance, on the 6th. His Congestive Heart Failure has gotten worse, since June and he has diminished Kidney function and occasional water in his lungs and swelling in his legs. He is back on the Oxygen Concentrator and was issued a few more heart pills. It was decided, that he could/should go into Comfort Care ® Hospice program and signed up on November 12, 2015. He is still cared for at home (by me) and can only go back to a Hospital if he breaks a bone, which I’ll try to have him avoid. With Hospice, a nurse stops by on Wednesday and checks his vitals and I have a phone number and Social Worker for help, if something goes wrong. The service and most of his medications are covered under Medicare and is cheaper than the alternatives. I hope it will be more beneficial to Sam.

On the plus side, (with some help) Sam still changes his clothes, showers and/or cleans up, uses the bathroom facilities, washes his hands after and makes two of his three meals almost every day. On the plus - plus side, he has been out of rehab for over one year – almost a miracle!!! Sam enjoyed our Thanksgiving Turkey selection at Seasons 52 in Princeton, NJ with Irene and her Sister Berenice brightening both Sam and my spirits. He liked Daughter Melody & Son-in-law Gary’s three day visit in mid-December and enjoyed the Christmas decorations I brought over from my home and small fiber optic tree. Besides the combined 40 Christmas cards that we received (22 for Sam, 18 for me), he liked the Plasticville houses display, originally from a neighbor’s train set that my Mother retrieved in a dumpster a long while ago. We had a great Christmas dinner of take out from Cracker Barrel and a three hour visit from a nice lady, Caroline that I met through a Christian Brunch Meet Up group. I went to a party in Newtown, PA for New Year’s Eve with Caroline and saw the Mummers and some free concerts at the Kimmel Performance Center in Philly on New Year’s Day with Karen from my Meet Up group. We had great weather in November and December 2015.

I got Dad an Amaryllis and Paper Whites bulbs for his birthday plus a few gag gifts. We are watching the plants grow, in the kitchen window. I try to set out bird seed in our two bird feeders and a suet stand and saw a Red Headed Woodpecker and a female Cardinal on a snowy day. Now that the weather had truly turned to Winter’s worse, I want to keep my Father warm, well fed, safe and at HOME; until the Spring.

Last Update: May 24th, 2016. Sam died in his sleep between 1:00 AM and 5:30 AM on Tuesday morning.

Sam only needed Z-Pac cold medication three times in 2016. He got good news at his Heart Doctor’s in February and didn’t have to go back for six months. Sam also re-started eye injections, going to “Whopper Wednesday” with Don and attending the “High School Reunion Breakfast” at the Blue Fountain Diner and occasionally ate at Cracker Barrel on Thursday nights, for the Turkey Special. Sam even went to Lowes and purchased seeds and stuff for a Summer garden.

In April & early May, Sam had a few falls and got bruised bad enough to need X-ray images on his left side. While not breaking any bones, he started to feel weaker and couldn’t stand to use the walker, after a while. Under the Hospice plan; he received a Hospital Bed, gloves, wipes, pull-ups, ointment and a Certified Nursing Assistant to help clean him up in the morning. If he had to, he got around with a wheelchair that can barely make the turns in the small hallways & room openings. He enjoyed eating early corn-on-the-cob on Saturday night, the 21st. On Monday morning, Sam woke up to internal bleeding and the CNA and the Nurse tried to make him comfortable. I heard him actually say, “There’s no joy in Mudville” – which is the next to the last line of the poem Casey at the Bat. The last line is… “Mighty Casey has struck out!”

Thus ends my 75 weeks of care giving for my Father.

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The Chautauqua Experience – August 2014

Sunday, 8/17

I arrived near Jamestown, NY at 3:40pm - 8 hours & 35 minutes or 445.5 miles from Hightstown, NJ. My room #116 is on the ground floor, near a side door. I share a bathroom with #114 but nobody is there. According to the “55+ Residential Week” – brochure; “There is space for 220 participants in Week Nine.” Someone said at dinner that there are only 76 of us – this year.

I brought my box fan and placed it on my Table Mate® folding table, by the open window for an hour until it got cooler outside. Next time, I’ll bring a pillow backed desk top to help me read and write – in bed. We are allowed 45 minutes to drop off and pick up our stuff but must park in the Main parking lot most of the time at $8.50 a day or $49.00 a week. I used my fold-down bike to bike from the parking lot. There are vans and golf carts to take or one can just walk the Institution’s grounds.

We ate after 5:30pm, cafeteria style. The food is good and varied. I ate on the deck with some other people. Most people come from Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cleveland and Canada but there was one guy from Union County, New Jersey who had been there an extra week. He said that it rained most of last week. Some people are also from NYC. I biked to the Lake and Bestor Place to check out the bookstore and the snack shop, about 10 blocks away. I passed by the Amp. The Concert was “Sacred Song Service” but I just passed by. There are all kinds of lectures, talks, sermons and music programs all week. Almost every religion and/or spirituality is represented with their own building, mansion, boarding house or dormitory.

That night, I had trouble sleeping from the road and could hear a buzzing coming from the Utility Closet in the hall. I used my ear plugs and sprayed the pillow with Lavender Essential Oils to help me sleep.

Monday, 8/18

After a shower & shave, I had breakfast after 7:30am. I biked to the “Fused Glass” class and made two pieces. I saw a few 55+ types, locals & teenaged girls – 16 people. Later, I mailed six postcards and used my library card to check out six big books with pictures to look at in my room. I just had snacks for lunch; that I had left from the trip. I skipped the lectures because Week Nine’s topic: “Health Care: From Bench to Bedside” has a lot of death and dying too!

I had another great dinner eating on the deck. It gets cool fast so I’m glad I washed my snazzy Puma® zippered sweat shirt. (ha ha) I was tired and didn’t bother biking to the Amp and the Concert at 8:15pm – hope this will not be a trend for me?

Tuesday, 8/19

After a good night’s sleep, I was ready for a bright sunny day. Since Tuesday is a free day – no classes for me; I biked by the Lake from one end to the other end. I can’t ride down the steepest roads because my brakes squeak and may fail. I go the zig-zag way past many interesting homes and boarding houses. The Lake has a Blue-Green Algae problem this week, so we are allowed to use the Turner Pool - nearby Bellinger Hall, where I am staying.

The morning lecture at the Amp by Dr. Daniel R. Weinberger was good. He had great overheads, made a few jokes and was informative. “Brain Development & Brain Aging” was a talk about problems that humans have as they grow up such as Bi-Polar, Alzheimer’s, OCD and Autism. I especially like the questions from the audience – a Chautauquian tradition. They write them on cards and the moderator asks the questions after the lecture. Since the audience comprises many movers & shakers in New York State and beyond and richer, more educated retired folk – mostly white and thin; the questions are well thought out and probing.

After the lecture, I had to eat something - so I biked to my car and drove to Jamestown, NJ – about 10 miles south. I ate at Tim Horton’s Café & Bake Shop. I‘ve eaten there before - both in Canada and the States. Maybe, I shouldn’t have ordered “Chipotle Turkey” Panini & Buffalo Chicken soup combo – they were too spicy. I shopped a Family Dollar, Big Lot and Dollar General – just like home. I did stop by a thrift store and bought a new pair of tan shorts by Haggar® – size 33. I can now retire my green short shorts! (ha ha) Gas was $3.79 in Jamestown, NY – self serve, but only $3.53 in the Seneca Nations, nearby. Before dinner, I biked to the pool and had a nice swim, using a noodle and floating dumb bells. After dinner, I used my Zero Gravity® lawn chair and read all the papers & notes I accumulated.

I biked to the Amp for the evening Concert by the “Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra” – there last Concert this season. I sat behind the stage because one can see and hear just as well – maybe better. The “National Anthem” by Francis Scott Key was rousing as we all sang along and after - I said, “Thank you Uncle Francis!” I am half a Key you know!

I enjoyed the first selection, “The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra” by John Adams, born 1947. There was lots of percussion and syncopation & very precise. At the end, I declared, “it is the new Bolero” to seat mates; a couple from Pittsburgh who own a home on the grounds and rent it out for weeks 1-8. The second selection featured a piano duo and I bought both their CD albums – two for $25.00. They signed the CD at intermission. Elizabeth Joy Roe was a raven haired beauty with a plunging shimmering green gown, I checked her out!

One of my snap shots on my new Samsung Galaxy Tab4® was of the string section. Two days later, Mary E Whitaker, part of the Second Violin section was shot dead in a little town nearby. She was 61, married and lived in NYC but came to Chautauqua Institution in the summer for the last 35 years, to be in the Orchestra. I left after intermission and biked back in the dark – content that I did things and was getting my “money’s worth.” As for my fold-down bike, I had a blinking light in the back and attached the pencil lamp with a goose neck that Irene O. gave me for Christmas. It works great because I can adjust the end to point directly in front of my tire, on the ground.

I stopped by the dining room and got a hot tea and some ice – self serve. I also bought the Chautauqua Daily newspaper for 75¢ to get the “Symphony Notes.”

I purchased Week One of the paper via mail in early June, so I could get the feel of the place. It started to rain after 11:00pm – hope it stops by dawn.

Wednesday, 8/20

After breakfast, I biked to “Fused Glass” class and retrieved my two items and made a “Jack-o-Lantern” sun catcher. I bought lunch for later and listened to the Massey Organ mini Concert at the Amp at 12:15pm – impressive. The sun came out after 1:30pm as I ate my lunch and used my Zero Gravity® lawn chair.

My “Aromatherapy” class only has two students – ugh! The other person, Alice is from Manahawkin, NJ and has Arthritis pain and does massages & yoga – things I avoid. She is also a docent volunteer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on weekends. It started to rain after dinner. I took a nap and missed the evening Concert – Livingston Taylor and Tom Chapin. I heard Livingston Taylor at the Irvine Auditorium at Penn in 1972. It was gloomy and may have rained all night, anyways.

Thursday, 8/21

Sunny for breakfast. I biked down to the Lake and picked up my last fused glass piece at the ‘Special Studies’ building. Later, I drove to Jamestown and had lunch at Wegmans Market® – outside. I bought two 100% cotton golf shirts on sale at K-Mart®. Outside, I read the Buffalo paper about the murder and played with my pad on free Wi-Fi. I drove back for my class – it was better. After, I used the pool and got ready for dinner.

I enjoyed the Concert, “Yesterday – Beatles Tribute.” The faux fab four sang well and played their instruments. There were three costume changes and are from Las Vegas. I sang along and many fat women danced too! Back at Bellinger Hall, I spoke with a Mother and her Adult (at least 55) Daughter from Yonkers, NY. We talked about the music and Chautauqua. They were funny & witty like me.

Friday, 8/22

After breakfast, I biked to my “Updated American Classics” cooking class under cloudy skies. We had a great time and I helped make “stuffed Bell Peppers” with a young Autistic Spectrum woman, Courtney. Chef Lynn gave us some pointers. The class was from 9:00am until 10:30pm because Chef Lynn and all the instructors had to give back the classrooms all clean and empty by 6:00pm on Friday – I guess to the Elementary School? I saved my complete meal in an insulated box that I saved from Wednesday’s lunch and took it on my “Chautauqua Belle” steamboat ride at noon - $20.00. The sun came out and it was hotter and humid but great on the Lake. I took some snap shots of the mansions that line the Lake. I’ve taken the belle five times, over the years.

After the ride around 2:00pm, I rested in my room with my fan – what a life! At my “Aromatherapy” class Alice had on nicer spandex leggings and looked good, for an older lady. I made my blend of Bergamot/Sweet Orange/Patelouli oils - $10.00 for a small bottle of mostly carrier oil. More time on the Zero Gravity® lawn chair before dinner. After dinner, I heard the “E. L. O.” band, now called “The Orchestra” with only one original cast member – the moog synthizer player. Len Burdick of Asbury Park, NJ is now the lead guitarist. He used to do ‘Beatle Tributes’ in New Jersey. I left half way through and biked back to my room, saying a silent good bye to all the buildings and interesting places. I got some ice and a banana in the dining room area for my trip, the next day.

Saturday, 8/23

I’m leaving a day early. I had enough and it will be gloomy and rainy all day with few lectures. I rode my bike to the parking lot and stowed it away in the back seat area. At the gate, I got 45 minute pass to pick up my stuff – five boxes carrying trips to the car. I then had a nice leisurely breakfast and said my good byes. There was a table of cute women that I said hi to a few times and showed them my craft projects but they were too cliquish and missed out meeting me. One woman gave me her phone number and e-mail address. She came with a dog and mentioned that she had four strokes. She lives near Detroit, so I’ll probably not write her. (yeah think?)

Leaving at 9:00am, it rained or was gloomy all the way home. I didn’t bother going to Knobles Amusement Park but did stop at Panera Bread of I-80 – it was crowded, even at 2:00pm. Gas was $3.49 – self serve. I also stopped at ShopRite in Flemington, NJ for milk & OJ and a garden stand for three Ears of sweet corn for $1.00 – very tasty.

I arrived back in Hightstown, NJ at 6:35pm – 9 hours and 35 minutes – an hour and ten minutes longer than on the way to Chautauqua Institution.

At home, I like to put everything back in order, before I can rest. I also picked pole beans in my garden – looks like it rained a lot. After reading all the papers and stuff, watching an old western on get-TV; I then ate the corn, beans and some cake I saved from the trip with a cup of hot tea. I called my Father and he seemed okay. I’ll stop by on Monday, after I get my pile of mail delivered.

In closing, I enjoyed my time at Chautauqua Institution and even liked my room although it was a big step down from the Athenaeum Hotel, where I stayed the last three times. I think riding my bike everywhere made my legs stronger and helped me develop my lung capacity. I rode to get the paper on Sunday with no effort. Swimming with the dumb bell floats helped me work my Left arm – to increase movement. I also excelled in the Crafts classes and bragged to anyone who would listen, as always.

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