‘Thousand Dollar Dinner’ will be digested in Yardley

Local author Becky Libourel Diamond will discuss and sign copies of her new book, “The Thousand Dollar Dinner,” the tale of an unusual 19th century “Top Chef” competition, at the Yardley-Makefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley, on Saturday, May 7th, at 2:00pm.

The first part of this culinary challenge was held at Delmonico’s famous New York City restaurant, but Ms. Diamond’s book focuses on the extravagant feast held in Philadelphia and prepared by Chef James Parkinson.

The 12-hour, 17-course feast was dubbed by Philadelphia newspapers as the “Thousand Dollar Dinner” because it reputedly cost the Philadelphians $1,000 (approximately $32,000 in today’s dollars) to prepare.

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Pennsbury Community Band to perform free concert May 5th

The Pennsbury Community Band will perform a free concert on Thursday, May 5th at 7:30pm, that will demonstrate how motion and dance can be expressed in music.

The show will take place at Pennsbury High School East Auditorium, 705 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, and will include a piece composed for a baby elephant by Stravinsky, “Molly on the Shore” by Grainger, “Suite of Old American Dance” by Robert Russell Bennett, as well as the music of Ron Nelson and Dana Wilson.

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Neurofeedback calms impulsive outbursts

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Judy (not her real name) is an 11-year-old student with autism whose unpredictable impulse controls were challenging to those around her. Her outbursts were sometimes aggressive, causing the adults to have concern for the repercussions from her behaviors.

Behavioral management programs were ineffective in preventing the impulsivity and aggression, which generally seemed unprovoked. The calming strategies she learned were often helpful after the fact. Parents and teachers were searching for something that would help prevent the frequent overreactions.

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Marrazzo’s Manor Lane Florist: Your floral and landscape experts for three generations

by June Portnoy

Don’t be deceived by the name, “Marrazzo’s Manor Lane Florist,” because this business is a lot more than your average flower shop. They specialize in landscaping, hardscaping, lawn cutting, floral arrangements, and the sales and service of power equipment. They also offer a unique gift shop with a greenhouse.

Marrazzo’s has earned the reputation of being specialists in the horticulture industry by providing exceptional customer service by experts in the field. Mike Marrazzo, co-owner of Marrazzo’s with his wife, Nancy, literally grew up in this business, established by his father, Dan (Chief) Marrazzo.

Dan originally began a greenhouse business in 1947 at the young age of 15 at his family home on 1 Manor Lane in Morrisville. He started growing vegetable plants and cut flowers for the wholesale trade. The original greenhouses are still there today.

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Early Signs of Autism can be caught by parents if they know what to look for

submitted by Jennifer Niemeyer, M.S. CCC-SLP, Yardley Speech and Language, www.yardleyspeechandlanguage.com

Despite evidence that screening tests given to toddlers aged 16 to 30 months are a good predictor for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there is no universal screening program in the US at this time. Therefore, it is imperative to give parents information about typical and atypical preverbal behaviors in the very young.

Even babies younger than 12 months of age who will eventually be diagnosed with autism are demonstrating differences in eye gaze, babbling and feeding behaviors.

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Settling my workers’ compensation claim: Compromise and Release

submitted by Kevin M. Bradway, Esq. Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law, www.Stark-Stark.com

The Workers’ Compensation Act provides that an employee’s workers’ compensation claim may be resolved, in whole or in part, through a Compromise and Release of the individual’s workers’ compensation benefits. Compromise and Release (“C&R”) is the name given to the settlement documents when an employee settles his or her claim. C&R settlements provide you with a lump sum payment in exchange for some or all of your workers’ compensation benefits.

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Thinking about going gluten-free? Here’s what you need to know

submitted by Alex Buccino, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite of Yardley

You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about “gluten-free” on the news and maybe you’ve noticed “gluten-free” labels on some of the products you usually fill your cart with. But if you’re like most people, you may be wondering exactly what it means if a product is considered “gluten free” – and should you adopt a gluten-free lifestyle?

Below are some answers to commonly asked questions I often hear from shoppers about gluten:

What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Pure oats do not directly contain gluten, but often oat products are at risk for gluten due to cross-contamination issues.

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Pizza Yeah! – Home of the Cauliflower Pizza!

by June Portnoy

Do you worry that eating pizza will ruin your diet? Perhaps you can only eat gluten-free food, unable to consume the breaded crust of pizza. Regardless of your dietary restrictions and preferences, Pizza Yeah! has pizza and many other delicious meals that virtually everyone can eat and enjoy.

“It’s important to us that your entire family can eat our food despite any limitations,” explains Geovanny, owner and operator of Pizza Yeah!

Therefore, he created a healthy menu, which includes the Cauliflower Pizza created by Geovanny himself, as well as many other healthy food options. Their Cauliflower Pizza consists of a crust made from cauliflower, as opposed to flour or bread. In addition, this 10-inch round pie is only 227 calories and yet filling enough for an entire meal.

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Solar energy systems add value to a home

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

The streets are once again alive with nature, festivals, yard sales, and open houses. This is the start of what Realtor.com calls the prime home buying season, which typically begins in April and peaks in June.

Buying a home is often seen as an investment, and for both buyers and sellers, there is no better way to invest in a home than to install a solar energy system. Adding a solar energy system to a home is typically seen as a long-term investment, but even those looking to sell in the near future can reap great financial benefits from going solar today.

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Commission announces contract for noise wall installation work along I-95 in PA

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission recently announced the award of an engineering contract for construction management and constructability review services associated with the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project. The contract was approved by Commissioners at their February 29th meeting for a not-to-exceed amount of $912,693.42. Under the contract, the engineering firm Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. of Lebanon, NJ will be responsible for two key oversight functions in advance of the multi-faceted bridge project.

First, Greenman-Pedersen will provide construction management services for construction of noise abatement walls along eligible portions of the Pennsylvania I-95 approach to the Scudder Falls Bridge. This professional services work will involve a variety of oversight tasks, including establishing and monitoring the project schedule and construction progress, reviewing shop drawings, and administering invoicing and payments.

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