Monday, October 23, 2017

Time For Crunch, Crunch, Munch, Munch!

Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (NDS) will celebrate National Apple Crunch Day with a special celebration at Saint Christopher School in Northeast Philadelphia. More than 460 students from Pre-K 3 through eighth grade will crunch into an apple to raise awareness for healthy eating. Celebrated during National Apple Month, National Apple Crunch Day encourages youth and families to eat apples and apple products as a healthy snack.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Saint Christopher School (Trainer Hall)
13305 Proctor Road
Philadelphia, PA 19116

Brooke Mullen, Assistant Director of Community Relations for NDS said, “On October 24th, millions of people around the country will crunch into an apple, an action to celebrate eating healthy foods, while raising awareness about eating locally grown produce. We continue to support our local vendors, including Bear Mountain, which will provide the apples for our event at Saint Christopher School. Apple Crunch Day is also another great opportunity to bring our school communities together to promote healthy school environments. We are thrilled to join Saint Christopher School in the big ‘crunch,’ where nearly 500 students will join together for the fun event!”

Saint Christopher School is one of 102 schools located throughout the Philadelphia region that has partnered with NDS for the 2017-2018 academic year. NDS partners with these schools to administer the federally funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to ensure more 30,000 students have access to breakfast and lunch during the school day.

Note: NDS school meals are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Education For more information on Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit

Complete Recovery, Good Prospects On Horizon!

Highlights of a report from Moody's Investors Services:

“In the five years since Superstorm Sandy pummeled coastal New Jersey in October 2012, the most severely impacted counties have largely recovered and are at least as, if not better, prepared for a storm of similar strength. Infrastructure improvements, healthy economies and strong finances combine to demonstrate both the strength of the recovery and the level of preparedness for future storms. 
"Accordingly, the credit quality of Ocean County (Aaa stable), Monmouth County (Aaa stable) and Atlantic County (Aa2 stable) and most of their hard-hit municipalities look to remain healthy.” (Moody’s Investors Service Oct. 23, 2017)

  • In the five years since Sandy, the most severely impacted counties (Ocean, Monmouth and Atlantic) have largely recovered and are at least as, if not better, prepared for another superstorm.
  • Infrastructure improvements, healthy economies and strong finances combine to demonstrate both the strength of the recovery and the level of preparedness for future disasters.
  • Median home prices have continued to climb in Ocean and Monmouth counties.
  • Tourism is flourishing. Ocean and Monmouth counties posted higher tourism dollars in 2016 than 2011, up by 16.5% in Ocean County and 23.5% in Monmouth County.
  • The finances of Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean counties, and many of their municipalities, are generally stronger than before the storm.

Once Again, Let The Record Be Clear . . .

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today issued the following statement on a story written by the Washington Post regarding the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis:

"The comments attributed to me today by Congressman Kennedy are false. I speak for myself on this issue. Let me be very clear. I know that President Trump understands this issue and supports fighting this epidemic aggressively. In the days ahead, I am confident that the President's actions will speak louder than anything else."

Another Noteworthy Moment Missed By Big Media

On Friday, the gown worn by First Lady Melania Trump to the 2017 inaugural celebrations was added to the First Ladies Collection at the National Museum of American History. The exhibit features 26 dresses worn by former First Ladies, providing visitors with a glimpse of the changing role of the First Lady over the past 200 years.

“Today is such an honor as I dedicate my inaugural couture piece to the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History,” the First Lady said. “In addition to celebrating fashion, which is something I have loved since I was a small child, there is no better way to memorialize such a special evening, and new chapter in the life of our family.”

Read more about the event here.


First Lady Melania Trump at the presentation of her inaugural gown at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History | October 20, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Is It Time To Increase Those Buffer Zones, Or Not?

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) said he would consider legislation to increase notification requirements by hunters when hunting near residences after a family’s dog, Tonka, was shot and killed with a crossbow after being mistaken for a coyote.

Sen. Kip Bateman said he would consider notification requirements for hunters near homes, and clarified that he has not agreed to co-sponsor legislation increasing buffer zones. (
“As someone who loves animals, it’s hard to discount the anguish felt by Tonka’s family over his loss,” said Bateman. “I want to examine if requiring hunters to notify residents of hunting activities near their homes is a workable solution that can prevent accidents like these from happening in the future.”

Bateman also responded to stories that mistakenly reported that he had agreed to co-sponsor legislation with Sen. Ray Lesniak to increase buffer zones for hunters.

“Sen. Lesniak and I spoke about our mutual interest in preventing hunting accidents and working together to examine potential solutions,” added Bateman. “Those general discussions have been misinterpreted as my partnership on a specific legislative proposal he has announced to increase buffer zones around homes. To clarify, I have not agreed to co-sponsor his bill, which I am concerned would restrict access to areas that have been safely hunted without incident.”

Here's Why 'All Of You Here Today Are Radicals . . '

This column is adapted from the Philadelphia Archbishop’s Charles J. Chapiut's opening remarks to the October 21 national “Women in the New Evangelization” conference, held at Doylestown’s Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
Good morning, and thank you for being here – all 1,250 of you. This is a sold-out conference with women from all over the country. The only word for that kind of a turnout is “extraordinary.” So anyone worried about the future of the Church just needs to stand where I stand and look out on a roomful of good and faithful and beautiful Catholic women. It’s a great way to start the day.

I’m especially grateful to Kelly Wahlquist and Meghan Cokeley and the rest of the conference leadership team for making this event happen so impressively. In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says that he makes all things new. But here and now, in our own day, he does that work of renewal through his Church -- and the Church is only as strong as the zeal of her daughters and sons. This is a roomful of feminine zeal, and that’s good news for the Church; bad news for the devil.

You’ll be glad to learn that -- in the eyes of the world -- all of you here today are radicals. You may not feel that way unless you’ve had five or six cups of coffee. But “Women in the New Evangelization” is built on the shocking idea that women and men are different -- and that the “difference” between the sexes is one of life’s great blessings and grand beauties.

God made man in his image, male and female he made them, equal in dignity, equally reflecting his goodness, but different in strengths, gifts and leadership styles. And we’re equal in another way as well. We’re all equally incomplete. We need God, and we need each other, and the answer to that need is love -- which by its nature is “radical,” which means linked to the root of who we are as creatures.

God made us to give and to receive love. That’s why we’re here. For most people, it means marriage and family. For others it means religious life or the single vocation or holy orders. But we all yearn for fertile lives. We all need to love. And women and men, in distinct but complementary ways, create that love and – at their best – fill the world with it.

There’s a lot on today’s agenda, so I’ll be brief. But I want you to know as you start this conference how much I admire you, and how deeply the Church depends on you. No one says this more powerfully than St. John Paul II in his 1995 Letter to Women. So I’ll borrow loosely from it here. John Paul writes:

Thank you, women who are mothers. You shelter new life within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail. You’re God's own smile upon the newborn child, the one who guides a child's first steps, who helps a young life grow, and who anchors the child in love as it makes its way along the journey of life.

Thank you, women who are wives. You join your future intimately to that of your husbands in a relationship of mutual giving, at the service of love and life.

Thank you, women who are daughters and women who are sisters. Into the heart of the family, and then of all society, you bring the richness of your generosity and fidelity.

Thank you, women who work. You’re active in every area of life -- social, economic, cultural, artistic and political. In this way you help build a culture which unites reason and feeling, a model of life ever open to the sense of "mystery,” and the kind of economic and political structures ever more worthy of humanity.

And finally but no less intensely: Thank you, consecrated women. Following the example of the greatest of women, the Mother of Jesus Christ, you open yourselves with obedience and fidelity to the gift of God's love. You help the Church and all mankind embrace a "spousal" relationship with God, one that embodies the fellowship God wishes to have with his creatures.

In remembering John Paul’s words, I hope this meeting of “Women in the New Evangelization” will be a time of deepening your encounter with the love of God. I hope it will build stronger bonds of friendship with your sisters in Jesus Christ. And I hope you’ll leave here with a renewed sense of how profoundly you’re loved by God, the importance of your mission in the world, and the gratitude of the Church for your witness.

God bless you always. I’ll pray for you and your families. And please don’t forget to pray for me.

“Women in the New Evangelization” (WINE) can be reached at Or contact Ms. Meghan Cokeley, Director of the Archdiocesan Office for the New Evangelization, for more information about WINE and other excellent evangelizing efforts. She can be reached at 215.587.5630 or

Don't Let This Happen: You MUST Act Now!

Here is a very special message from Kim Guadagno:

A governor's number one responsibility is to keep New Jerseyans safe, and Phil Murphy is already failing that test.

In response to Phil Murphy doubling down on his dangerous proposal to embrace sanctuary cities, and even make New Jersey a sanctuary state, today I released my law-and-order plan to ban sanctuary cities across The Garden State.


By making New Jersey a sanctuary state, Phil Murphy is saying he would rather protect dangerous criminals and murderers than stand up for the law abiding people of New Jersey.
As a former prosecutor and sheriff, I can tell you that Phil Murphy is seriously misguided and would make New Jerseyans less safe with policies like this. If elected governor, I will pass a law to ban sanctuary cities so politicians can’t prevent law enforcement from turning violent and dangerous criminals over to federal immigration officials for deportation.
Will you stand with me?

Kim Guadagno

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sometimes, Ya Just Need To Remind Yourself!

Now, doesn't that feel good?

Did She Just Say What I Think She Said?

THIS Is Where Things Stand Right Now!

President Trump is a new kind of president -- a very different kind of leader. 
I call him the first leader of the post-journalistic age, because journalism, as we once knew it, is dead. What we have now are various forms of advocacy, gossip, hearsay, sensationalism and outright propaganda. 
It's in this minestrone soup that Trump has learned to swim quite adeptly -- with the help of social media and other devices not available to previous presidents.
And I can argue that when the mainstream media even randomly question your mental state, you have no other choice than to jump into the stew and chart your own course. 
To which I say "Bravo!"

She Cannot Be Serious! . . . Or IS She?

We honestly don't know what to make of it -- honestly!

We'll Let YOU Be The Judge Of This . . .

Why You Really Need To Listen To THIS!

This is just an incredible recording.
And it sets the record straight on so many levels.
Gold star widow Natasha De Alencar released this audio of a phone conversation she had with President Donald Trump in April about the death of her husband who was killed in Afghanistan.
Listen closely. Listen to all of it. Listen and learn!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hmmm . . . Whatever Happened To THIS Notion?

They Have An Expression For That In The South . . .

"If you're able to make a sacred act like honoring American heroes all about yourself, you're an empty barrel."