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A Note Is Worth a Hundred Gifts

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ay it with flowers!” are words splashed brightly across billboards or glossy magazine pages. “Nothing says it like a box of fine Belgian chocolate,” echoes the same pitch. Is that so? Chocolate and roses talk? Has some evolution taken place? With the rapid pace of technological advancement, the concept may not be that far-fetched. But automated expression of human emotion is an oxymoron. While objects may represent sentiment, they will never replace the personal articulation of the profound, deep-felt wellspring of emotion churning within and overflowing from a human heart. And that is as it should be.

Ruthie is a mother and grandmother who lives in Monsey. She does freelance writing for several publications. Using her pen as a prism, she shares her bright and cheerful views.

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Expression of positive feelings, whether orally or in writing, lay the foundation and nurture existing meaningful


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connections with other human beings. Regardless of the nature of the relationship, an object, however costly or symbolic,

I have no desire to get with the times. If that labels me as out of touch or hopelessly sentimental, I carry the designation with pride.

in ink. It is a small wonder, then, that I have little appreciation for the preprinted one-size-fits-all messages: little bits of communication, detached from emotion, that go from sender to recipient without a personal touch. You don’t have to be a seamstress to know that, “One size fits all,” cannot be compared to custom-tailored. As with clothing, so with letters. It just isn’t the same.

Perhaps this attitude toward gift-giving sans personal note “It’s all in the presentation,” is towas inherited from day’s conventional wisdom – as if my parents whose the cellophane, ribbon and glue gun notes I discarded in have thriving, beating hearts. youthful ignorance. Those I saved are precious to me. Short messages like, “Good Technology has stretched its cold luck on your Chumash test,” or cannot do justice to the message mechanical arm into our lives and “Hope you won’t be too tired after it is designated to convey. That is cast its shadow on our lines of taking care of the baby at 3:00 true of a diamond, and certainly of communication. Thus, beautiful AM,” tucked into my lunchbox a rose or box of chocolate. pre-printed notes without a trace are hardly the stuff of souvenirs. of humanity. A personal, written message of A ten-year-old may very well love or sympathy, indebtedness scan them and throw them out I submit that a gift, with or or encouragement, reverberates without appreciating their value. without an accompanying in the recipients’ heart long after That exactly is my point – we message, is always appreciated if the roses have wilted and died. aren’t ten-year-olds who are more it was chosen lovingly with the The written word creates waves impressed by ribbons of happiness that envelop the and lace than a heart, spilling over onto all the loving note. Technology has stretched its cold significant people in the life of a As I got older and pleased recipient. The succinct mechanical arm into our lives and reached significant note is the gift that keeps on cast its shadow on our lines of milestones, my giving. communication. parents’ messages A phone order or a swipe of a grew more card hardly amount to a deeply meaningful, if not meaning gift. And gifts alone necessarily longer. recipient’s taste or fancy in mind. are no longer considered an They were gifts that accompanied However, in my humble opinion, ideal vehicle for conveying me through life’s vicissitudes, the advertisements should be: “Say profound messages. “It’s all in sometimes as a pat on the back, it in addition to the presentations the presentation,” is today’s other times as an embrace. of flowers or chocolates.” conventional wisdom – as if the They could elicit a chuckle, or cellophane, ribbon and glue gun decrease the size of a lump in my Not as poetic, perhaps, but have thriving, beating hearts. throat. Always, always, the note certainly more heartwarming! • Forgive me, but I beg to differ and represented their souls invested

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his story with me, explaining that that’s precisely what he was looking for – a business that wouldn’t be in direct competition with many frum people. Yoely grew up in Sao Paolo, Brazil. After his marriage, he settled in Monsey, next to his wife’s family. After his kollel stint, he enjoyed working locally with the special needs population, but really always wanted to run a business of his own. If you mention the word “concrete,” it will usually evoke images of dull, colorless pavement, or echoing fire route staircases in hospitals or hotels. The reason I was excited to meet the Gruenfelds, energetic proprietors of UniqConcrete, was primarily because I was prepared to be amazed by the way they would totally change my image of concrete. Their concrete warehouse is a fascinating place to visit. How did Mr. Gruenfeld end up working in this line? He shared

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He found that the concrete business is largely untouched in our local community. Looking around at many properties in the area, he realized that many people’s patios, walkways and pool areas are in poor shape. “Here, we tend to use cheap blacktop on our driveways. In Florida, California, anywhere where people want nice property, concrete is king.” Yoely found his niche, and hasn’t looked back since. He started part-time, first with his own home, and then with his family’s patios. As he gained experience and skills, he

The Monsey View chats with Mr. and Mrs. Gruenfeld, proprietors of UniqConcrete


Chany Rosengarten offered his service to friends. The news of his superior talents and methods spread rapidly by word of mouth. After just a short while, job order requests started pouring in, first with friends, and then commercial

clients, all putting in their orders. “When I had two months of paid work lined up, I gave up my work in the special needs field, and jumped in. It was an act of bitachon, but I was confident I had something good going.”

Mr. Gruenfeld started off with just one assistant, and by now UniqConcrete has a competent manager as well as a full staff of trained workers. They do all types of jobs, ranging from commercial buildings with fifty apartments, as well as residential homes. Mr. Gruenfeld went to tradeshows and other venues to learn all he could about the field. When he found other fascinating uses for concrete, he tried them out in his backyard and shop until it was perfected and ready for sale. “At trade shows, I asked many questions. How is this new product used? How is it poured?” I buy a pallet or two of whatever looks interesting, and try it at home, until I’m confident my clients will enjoy it as well.” The question foremost in my mind was “So, why concrete?” It was with much anticipation that I went down to the UniqConcrete warehouse in Spring Valley. I knew not to expect just a huge hill of dry limestone and a

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Advertorial // churner. I had seen photos of some of the gorgeous patios the Gruenfelds have done, and was shocked to hear that they were made of concrete. Malky Gruenfeld showed me in to the huge warehouse. The first thing that hit my eye was the riot of color. I never knew concrete was anything besides blocks and

slabs of grey. In that warehouse, I discovered that the secret is the concrete overlay that comes in every shade of the rainbow, so the choice of design is extensive. The Faux Stone mosaic designs were so pretty, I had the urge to run my fingers over the sample. I was almost surprised to find that it felt like concrete! “The earth is constantly moving,” Malky explained. “As the ground shifts, cement can develop cracks.” Since overlay has an element of pliability, the surface remains perfect for many years. Faux Stone wasn’t the only creation in that warehouse, however. In addition to outdoors concrete, Mr. Gruenfeld does concrete floors for basements, storefronts and buildings. “When you’re putting down a floor in your basement on top of the concrete, you’re taking several inches from the height of the room,” he explained. On the other hand, polishing the actual concrete, or pouring a floor, is a durable, beautiful and practical solution. “This is concrete?” I ask, somewhat dazed. I glide my hand on the various slabs they have lining the warehouse showroom. One is a snow white, with long gold veins in it. Another one is charcoal with flecks of beige. “And what’s this?” I asked, pointing to the next item - floors that certainly didn’t look or feel like concrete. They looked like the galaxy - shiny, deep and multi hued. I was told that the floor was called epoxy. “It’s like pouring a thick layer of crazy glue onto your floor,” Yoely tells me. “Only you can add pigmentation, and different elements like flecks and textures,

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into it.” The floors are beautiful. The advantage of all things concrete are that it’s completely custom. The actual cement gets mixed in your home and the design is incorporated. It’s poured right there on the premises. Since concrete is seamless, you’ll have a huge floor, without lines, cut tiles, or halved stones around the edges. It’s all one piece. Next, I got to take a look at the concrete countertops. If this is concrete, I’m surprised at how lightweight it feels. It’s also extremely durable. And pretty. Most of the samples appear very similar in design to marble. I wonder how it compares to granite.


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It was hard not to love the round slab of tabletop displayed in UniqConcrete’s warehouse, which looks like it emerged directly out of a dollhouse or story book. The cream colored concrete base is offset by rose colored marble and deep hues of fuchsia veins. The table top is a custom round disk, which is set on metal table legs. Forget glass tabletops. This design just begs for a tea party. I imagined if my entire kitchen would be created out of this custom color. Or how about I play around even more and imitate this design to make my counters a bright lemon yellow? Then all I would need is a samovar on a lace doily and the entire picture is complete. On the other hand, I couldn’t help being charmed by a dark grey polished concrete countertop. These are the going colors in Brooklyn, slabs that don’t hide their true origin. They are concrete and they look like it, in various shades of beige or grey. I visualized a kitchen of deep hued wood, topped by dark grey concrete. The image evokes chef knives and hunks of meat, with mountains of diced vegetables in every color and aroma. The Concrete countertops hold up to heat, pressure and abuse. Even in the scenario that the seal is broken, resealing it is a quick two hour job. For me, the most appealing aspect of using concrete for counters is the ease of adding height. Whereas with stone, added height means added expense, concrete countertops can come down way more than the standard one and a three quarter inches, for kitchens that look as durable as the warmth they provide.

Malky says “This is not something to compare to granite, it’s a whole new product, especially new to our community. People kept thinking of it as granite, but in cheaper. In fact, concrete is a whole different breed, not merely a different, more affordable granite.” Mr. Gruenfeld tells me that some customers come in with an expensive piece of granite and ask him to imitate it. “We can design the concrete with the exact same patterns and colors as granite.” That’s the versatility of concrete, you can make it look like anything. Any color, any design, each countertop is custom made. On the other hand, people who appreciate the concrete look, which is very

trendy, will request a simple grey slab for their countertop. “Right now, were doing a lot of it in Brooklyn. We’ll have a building’s designer come in and order fifty of the same counters and floors. It’s a huge trend there.” Locally, people are slowly being introduced to the advantages of concrete. “I always let the client know exactly what it’ll look like once it’s done. This way, there are no surprises. I show them all the imperfections- they’re part of the design. “We don’t want people to get comments about it not being ‘quite like granite.’ It’s not.” Even before the sale, the Gruenfelds believe in 100% customer satisfaction. They

explain all the steps to the customer – how the counters are made and poured at the installation site. The pouring is a process: first the frame is made, then the concrete is poured. It dries for a day, after which it’s polished and sealed. They have powerful vacuum cleaners to wash up any trace of dust when they leave. The Gruenfelds are the only ones in the tri-state area who are using a certain state-of-the-art method for pouring concrete counters. Other providers do it using older, more complicated methods. That’s why they charge more for concrete than for granite. Because of their advanced equipment, the Gruenfelds are able to sell concrete counters for a price that’s comparable to formica.

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Advertorial // “With so many choices of color, how do costumers ever decide?” I ask. That’s another way in which the Gruenfeld display their outstanding customer service. Mr. Gruenfeld has excellent taste, as well as feel for art and beauty. After discussing with the clients their unique home, needs and taste, he is able to guide them and narrow down the choices suited to them, so that they don’t get too overwhelmed. With larger client accounts, the buyers are designers, and their needs are accommodated as well. They come in with more specific requests, such as a white counter, with a vein of red and mauve. So, Mr. Gruenfeld will try a few samples, until it looks just right. When I leave the warehouse, I reflect on what an interesting trip this has been. I never knew that an item so mundane, such as the concrete used on the sidewalks, could be elevated into an art form.

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The main thing UniqConcrete taught me was to never underestimate the beauty of a single object. Here are just some of the Concrete based art pieces available. Faux Stone A display that creates the impression of ceramic stones or tiles. Transforming drab walkways and staircases into beautiful, multicolored mosaics seems easy. Polished Concrete Polished concrete transforms an existing concrete floor into a smooth and glossy surface. Utilizing chemicals and specializing grinding equipment, floors are grinded, polished and sealed, creating resilient and easy-maintenance flooring.

Epoxy Flooring Epoxy flooring provides a wonderful option for areas that require particular waterproofing capabilities, such as basements and commercial areas. It is available in a wide variety of colors, including edgy metallic looks.

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When Mrs. Fisch opened The Sock Shoppe, she had a very ambitious goal - to provide the local community with a store that would fill every hosiery and accessory need. She went around, studying retailers in NYC, NJ and elsewhere. Wherever she saw

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As soon as the doors opened, they understood the full extent of the need they were filling. “I didn’t realize just how busy it would get. We had two registers, but we didn’t think we’d use them both.” They started off with just one employee. Opening up for the back-to-school season in September, they quickly came to realize just how much Monsey had been waiting for this. “That Succos season was so busy, we quickly had to hire more help.” One year later, for their first anniversary sale, they offered a survey to customers. It was an eye opening way to interact with the Monsey community. The response was overwhelming. Over 850 people

took the time to fill out the survey and mail it back. It gave The Socke Shoppe the ability to provide customers with exactly what they were looking for. In addition to the thanks they got for the services they were already providing, people had excellent suggestions for requests, which were all taken into consideration. “That’s what we’re in business for. We’re here to help. Our goal is to guide and help you with what you need. Making a sale comes second.” When opening the store, Mrs. Fisch wanted to provide a one-stop-shop for all accessories a person could need to complete an outfit. Today’s very well-stocked store is evidence that they have succeeded in that goal, and then some! Despite their huge selection, their excellent customer service ensures that the customer will be directed to the right choices. “How are you able to carry


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everything?” I ask. I imagine mountains of leftover, out of style socks that are kept, just in case a customer needs it. Mrs. Fisch laughs. I understand that that isn’t the case here. “What’s left over, we donate to the needy. In addition, we had this campaign last year where you bought an accessory and donated one to Kupat Ezra at the same time. When stocking the store with every customer in mind, we realize that it goes hand in hand with giving back to the community.” Mrs. Fisch has never hesitated to be daring and carry the latest styles. She recalls when the turbans changed styles, and kept changing knots. First, the simple knot morphed into the Miami knot, then it got even taller and wider. Each time, they kept bringing in the new line in every color. Delighted with the selection, the customers quickly embraced the novelty of each change. Custom jewelry has also evolved

over the years. They kept bringing in different types, first more cautiously and on a smaller scale. As customers kept buying, we found out what they like. The Socke Shoppe likes to keep up the latest fads, whether it’s sweatbands, earmuffs, or the cute footsies. They’ve watched the trends going from buying matching socks to every outfit, to barefoot - designer barefoot! It’s surprising and exciting. I ask Mrs. Fisch what the most interesting customer request has been. “We’ve had a customer who came in, and there was this little puppy in the back of her carriage. She bought two matching bows to be worn next to the puppy’s ears.” Also, she remembers a customer buying thirty five of the same sweatband. The customer asked for a better price, as he was buying in bulk, so they asked him what it’s for. They had noticed that he kept trying hair ornaments on his eyes, not his forehead. “I’m going to entertain our entire family at the Seder,” he said.

“These will be worn to replicate Makas Choshech.” What is the best advice they’ve been following? “The customer comes first,” she says. Sometimes returns are made, customers have demands. But the guiding advice they always implement is to put the customers’ needs first. The customers are, after all, the reason for this business. Every employee is trained in customer service, and to help the customer walk out knowing that she found what she needed. “We’re here to find your need, and then to fill it,” Mrs. Fisch says. We part with the most intriguing anticipation. “You’ll never believe what’s coming out for next year,” she says. “You wouldn’t even imagine what could be worn as hair accessories.” I’m curious, but I trust it’s something good. Since its inception, The Sock Shoppe has only brought wonderful surprises to Monsey. Now, like ten years ago when they first started, we’re waiting. •

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With summer just around the corner, Sock Shoppe is fully stocked with every imaginable summer accessory necessity for the entire family, all at a range of prices to Walk into the Sock Shoppe located in the suit your budget. From the latest hits to Shopper’s Haven Mall and you’ll be greeted your basic needs, Sock Shoppe is your onewith a dazzling stop destination for array of leg wear the pool; carrying and accessories. Discerning customers know that they everything from robes Infinitely more can walk in for hosiery and walk out and beach towels to than just socks swim bags, nose clips, outfitted with everything they need to and hosiery, the bathing caps and store offers a be ready for the season - be it winter, goggles. cornucopia of summer, spring and fall. snoods and turbans, jewelry, earrings, And it’s not just hair accessories, summer. Every swim accessories, jewelry bags, baby shoes, season, Sock Shoppe brings you the baby moccasins, tozees, pajamas, belts, finest and most fashion forward seasonal neckties, bowties, suspenders, bibs and necessities. Discerning customers know that even raincoats. Sock Shoppe’s logo declares: they can walk in for hosiery and walk out "From head to toe, we've got you covered" outfitted with everything they need to be and they really mean it! ready for the season - be it winter, summer, ALL THE ACCESSORIES YOU NEED AND WANT

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spring and fall. Whether you’re choosing a snood that complements your facial structure to exploring the store's extensive Cameo Collection – hypo-allergenic, fashionable yet comfortable earrings– the Sock Shoppe will help you complete any look, on your budget. Their incredible selection takes your outfit from ordinary to extraordinary with the perfect addon. And if you are the type that feels like a deer in the headlights when it comes to choosing, Sock Shoppe’s dedicated staff will guide your purchase so you get the exact look you were hoping for. Sock Shoppe specializes in children's jewelry and hair accessories, offering trendy, up-to-date and adorable costume jewelry, unbreakable metal headbands, floral headpieces for infants, the cutest, trendiest pre walker and beginning walker shoes and much, much more. Mommies throughout Monsey wanting the latest looks for their adorable baby, make a Sock Shoppe trip top priority. The adorable options don’t stop at babies. Personalization

has quickly become one of their most popular services and is currently all the rage with graduation time just around the corner. Now you can gift your favorite teenager with a personalized gym bag, beach bag, wristlet, jewelry roll, cosmetic bag, or shower bag guaranteed to bring a smile to her face. LET’S TALK SOCKS It’s not called Sock Shoppe for nothing! Walking in to the store is a sensory pleasure with sock of every color of the rainbow and beyond lining the walls. "It's like walking into a candy store for socks!” quipped one customer recently. There are socks for every member of the family, starting with the simple solids – anklets, triple rolls, and minis; in sizes up to size 8 for younger boys and girls. Bring your outfit it and find the perfect shade sock to make it complete. Knee highs for older girls, teens and women come in solid color and with designs from simple to trendy with sport lace, ribbons, frills or studs. Fine-textured Shabbos socks include designs with shimmer, metallic coloring, crocheting and zippers.


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Therapist’s Handbook//

Making Sense of Sensory

Chaim’s mother walked into my office this week looking exhausted and frustrated. Her voice trembled slightly as she detailed the challenges she dealt with every day with her eight-year-old son. She felt battle-worn, upset, and most of all, frightened, as she watched her son’s behavior spiral out of control.

As an occupational therapist for over fifteen years, as well as a mother to five wonderful children ka”h, I am in a unique position. These two roles have taught me that not everything in life can be found in a textbook, and I have gained priceless experience working with so many children in our community, as well as my own.

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She stated that parenting Chaim had become an ordeal in so many ways. He insisted on wearing only two particular pairs of pants that he found comfortable, despite the choices she offered him every morning; getting him dressed was becoming a dreaded task. The tags all had to be cut out, or he wouldn’t wear his shirt, and the seams on his socks really bothered him. Breakfast was also a battle. Chaim insisted on eating only crunchy

toast - nothing else - and if his mother suggested other options to him, he adamantly refused. This barely gave Chaim good nutrition before starting his school day. Mornings were becoming a daily disaster, and it was affecting the entire household. In school, his mother explained, he was labeled as the class troublemaker and was known for his angry outbursts. In addition, he had difficulty sitting still for more than a few minutes during class time, and he struggled with his reading, as well as holding his pencil correctly. His classmates didn’t like playing with him, because Chaim was always touching their belongings and acting aggressively towards them. The Rebbe wanted to help him but didn’t know what to make of his behavior, and


Ricki Dembitzer MS,OTR/L

Chaim’s parents were helpless to explain their baffling child. Chaim is most likely suffering from SPD. Although the above account may seem extreme, it is not. For many of you, parents who are living with a child with sensory dysfunction, this story is all too real. This account depicts how a particular child is affected by SPD. There are different levels of SPD- from mild to severeand this level can be evaluated by specific standardized tests administered by an occupational therapist. An individual can over- and under-respond to the same sense or a variety of senses and all to varying degrees of intensity. Proper diagnosis is key to successful treatment of the issue. (Keep in mind that all of us have sensory needs and preferences, and it is only considered a “dysfunction” when it interferes with daily life; otherwise it is just part of what makes us human.) In Chaim’s case, he was demonstrating hypersensitivity to tactile input. This was apparent in the way he refused to wear clothing that he didn’t find “comfortable” - like the tags in his clothing and seams on his socks that bothered him - and his strong food preferences. In addition, Chaim’s reflexive fight/flight/ fright response was triggered

every time his classmates muscle tone, balance, came too close for comfort; coordination, eye movements, when his personal space was auditory processing and the compromised, he would react ability to use both sides of aggressively. This was his our body simultaneously “fight” response to his inability (bilateral coordination). The to tolerate the uncomfortable receptors in the body for the sensory sensations he vestibular sense are hair cells was experiencing. Chaim’s in the inner ear. A child with nutrition was suffering, as a vestibular dysfunction may well, and this definitely did have skipped the crawling not help him with his focus stage or may have been a late and attention throughout the walker. He may have difficulty school day. Chaim’s excessive copying from the board or may need to touch his classmates’ not have an established hand belongings and objects in preference by the age of four his environment could either or five. He may experience come from a strong impulsive difficulty using both of his need to touch (sensory craver) hands together, a skill required or from a dysfunction in his to carry out tasks like cutting proprioceptive system, a sense with a scissors while turning I will describe in the next few the paper with the other. paragraphs. His difficulty with He may seem clumsy due reading, as well as his poor to deficient gross-motor writing skills could stem from skills, and stumble and trip a variety of underlying causes, frequently. including visual-perceptual difficulties, finemotor weakness, poor reflex The Rebbe wanted to help him but integration, dyspraxia didn’t know what to make of his (motor planning behavior, and Chaim’s parents difficulty) as well as a were helpless to explain their bafpossible dysfunction fling child. in his vestibular and/ or proprioceptive systems. His inability to sit still during class A child can also over- or indicates a dysfunction with under- respond to their the vestibular system. What vestibular sense. A child are these systems and how do who over-responds and is they affect us? therefore hypersensitive The vestibular system affects - may get carsick easily or our sense of movement, avoid playground activities

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such as swinging, spinning or sliding. He may even be fearful of elevators or escalators. Children who under-register the vestibular sense may not notice a moving object or may lack interest to move in general. They may also be able to tolerate extended movement on a swing, for example, without getting dizzy. The vestibular sensory

heavy. The child with poor proprioception has difficulty interpreting sensations about the position and movement of his body parts. He is often uncoordinated and “klutzy.” This is the child who may push too hard on objects and regularly break toys or pencils, because he doesn’t have a natural sense of knowing the proper pressure to exert. Have you ever lifted a glass of water that you assumed was full, only All of us have sensory needs and to pick it up and realize preferences, and it is only considyou had exerted too ered a dysfunction when it intermuch force because it feres with daily life; otherwise it is was really an empty glass? This sense of just part of what makes us human. proprioception helps you exert the proper force and grade your craving child needs to be in movement specific to each constant motion as much as activity that you do. possible in order to function. A child with proprioceptive This is the child who can’t sit dysfunction often has poor still (think Chaim). He may body awareness. This may be a thrill-seeker and enjoy lead to difficulty with ordinary spinning and swinging very tasks such as getting dressed, high for long periods of time closing buttons and zipping without getting dizzy. zippers, especially without Proprioception is the sense the use of his eyes. Usually a that tells us where we are child like this prefers to rely space-wise. The receptors for on his visual sense since he this sense are mostly in the can’t depend on his sense of muscles, skin and joints. We proprioception. He may also get the best proprioception have trouble orienting his body input when we actively position for dressing and may stretch and tighten our frequently fall, trip or bump muscles in a resistive way, into people or things. like when doing a push-up If a child is hypersensitive to or lifting something that’s

proprioceptive input, he will probably prefer to be more sedentary and not move much. He may also avoid activities that require weightbearing such as jumping, hopping, running, etc... The child who under-responds (hyposensitive) will probably have low-muscle tone and break things easily by mistake. He may also “fix” his muscles into position such as fixing his elbow into his ribs while writing. The sensory-craving child will purposely bang and crash into objects in the environment and jump from high places. He will prefer tight clothing and possibly chew on objects constantly to get input into his mouth. We have now touched upon all of the seven senses: touch, vision, hearing, smell, taste, proprioception and vestibular. Hopefully, you have gained an understanding into the complex but fascinating way that our brains process sensory information from our environment, each in our individual way. Next week, we will introduce two other types of SPD to help further clarify this common but confusing disorder. With that clarity, we can learn what we, as parents, can do to help our children with practical tips and suggestions, which can be implemented immediately.•

Ricki Dembitzer MS,OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist practicing in Rockland County. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, as well as in health sciences, and a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Her areas of expertise include - but are not limited to - sensory integration, fine motor development and handwriting, reflex integration, visual motor/perceptual skills, executive function skill enhancement, and overall muscle strength/tone improvement. She lives in Wesley Hills with her husband and five children ka”h, and has been practicing occupational therapy for more than fifteen years.

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Stone Duvid’s Story: It’s night. Finally. Which means the mosquitoes are having it good. But so are the people. Gemachim are closed. Until tomorrow morning at seven, when I have to show up at Rotman. I wonder if I can tell him to hold off on his demands, push him off for another week or two. His kids don’t go to sleep the way mine do, with a hole in their stomachs the size of my heart. Now it’s night, and my children are blissfully asleep. In their dreams, perhaps they find their salvation. I know their dreams; I feel their dreams. They dream

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of pita smeared generously with techina, thick enough that each bite squeezes a blob onto the edge of their lips. They dream of a family table. I’m sitting at the head. My wife sits down; we are one circle. The soup is on the table, its aromatic steam filling the kitchen with a heavenly scent. We wash and make loud brachos in that sing-song reserved for the well fed. We all dig in. Our stomachs are lined, satiated, and will not demand our attention for quite a while. For a few moments, all is still, as our insides digest the idea that there’s enough. There’s enough. And we can all just sit together, maybe look each other in the eye. Replete with good food, we can bring ourselves to smile. Are those their dreams? Ha! Those

dreams should be mine. However, they are dreams I don’t allow myself to dream. I have hope that my precious little ones, still smaller, still pure, allow themselves to dream such ridiculous dreams. I don’t waste time on dreams like these. They only make waking up even harder; a harsh, stark thud into reality. I open the gates to our home with my metal key. Bleach. The smell of dried bleach, sharp and pungent, welcomes me home. My wife uses it to sanitize the day’s riffs out of our lives. But bleach doesn’t carry the scent of hope for a better tomorrow; it just reeks of cleaning yesterday’s messes.


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“Chaya,” I call her from the little square of outdoors that we’ve claimed as our own. Rightly so, because it leads to our outhouse, so who else would want to claim their stake on it? Her head emerges in the kitchen from behind the brown curtain I had acquired at the Arab shuk. That curtain. I had been making my way to the Kosel at six o’clock in the morning, and the poor stallkeeper had offered it to me for two measly lira. A first deal of the day, a good luck, giveaway sale.

She steps outside and starts hanging them on the makeshift clothesline under the tree. I follow her; we haven’t seen each other all day, but not by default. I’ve been avoiding her until I could wipe the effects of that conversation with Becher off my face. Chaya is a shrewd woman, not easily fooled by pleasantries, who can sense my wilting heart with one intake of my countenance. She’s like that. People talk about chochmas hapartzuf. Chaya makes that into child’s play.

Chaya had not been pleased with my bargain. “How many times did I tell you, I need nothing! Even those two lira are better spent on things the kinderlach need. Like bread.”

Which is not to my advantage today, when I want to protect her from knowing what I already know, what’s robbed me of my day.

I had failed in her eyes. But, one day, when I hadn’t been home, the curtain had miraculously gone up, wavering on a string of utility thread. If she would have let me know she wanted it, I could

By now I think I’ve calmed down. I’ve stopped off at Masmidim. There was kugel there. Don’t ask me how Brizel can spare a kugel every Monday night. But he can, so I ate my fill and smoked and now I’m home, much better prepared to hide what Becher said.

His kids don’t go to sleep the way mine do, with a hole in their stomachs the size of my heart. have done a better job at hanging it. Nu, shoin. Chaya’s hands are red and soft from constant contact with water. Over her arms, she drapes soggy shirts and the pants that have been cut and hemmed short, now that the summer is here and the boys have outgrown their original length.

I will not tell her a word. Not a word. Or even a breath. I won’t even think about it, lest it taint the conversation in the slightest, and she’ll figure it out. “So I went to Machane Yehuda,” Chaya finally volunteers. “You did. How?” “With the Shabbos gelt.” “Oh.” It’s still Monday. A wave of panic starts in the lower part of my stomach, but I must squelch it before it engulfs my chest. I try,

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but Becher’s voice is still echoing in my head. Gazlan that he is, that Becher. Taker of lives. For what? Because he decided his kavod is more guaranteed with a yeshiva than a kollel? “And I brought home a box of carrots. Why are you angry again?” “I’m not.” “You’re not. You’re just acting like you’re hiding that you are.” I pull my hand away from my beard before I tug it yet again. I stand perfectly still, and it hurts, because now I acutely feel all the emotions running threw my sinews, the panic coursing its way through my veins. “I smell cigarette in your breath.” “Can’t a man puff?” “A man can do whatever he wants. It’s his wife who needs to do whatever she must. Wake up at dawn. Cook up the milk. Send the kids off, clean and sew. Knit their yarmulkas, sew up their socks” I allow her indignation to swell over me. I smell the tension that brews in two tired souls. “Chaya, it’s been a rough day for both of us.” “Yes,” she says. “I’m not complaining. I’m not saying to do what Velvel Parness did, chalila. Never. You sit and learn, and I’ll manage. All I’m saying is that I went to Machane Yehuda. And BenAviv’s stall had lots of carrots, and at the side, I saw a crate of carrots that wouldn’t stand up to the day’s sun. So I asked him for it. And he said I could have it for a few lira. So I walked away. Then he said I could have it for forty pence. So I walked away again. After circling the entire Machane Yehuda several times,

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making sure he saw me approaching other stalls, I came back. I told him I’ll come back after closing. I came back after closing. With Perele. I had been praying the entire time it should still be there, and it was. I knew it would be there. Silly that I had even tried earlier. Perele walked around with very straight shoulders, carrying herself as if she’s one of the shoppers, even though all the stalls were already closed. I can’t stand how she wants to pretend she isn’t who she is, the daughter of paupers, helping her mother collect what everyone else had discarded. So I urged her to collect the loose carrots that had slipped beneath the metal booth tables.”

I say, and watch her shrink away as my voice grows congratulatory.

We step into the kitchen together. “They were all soft.” Chaya sighs as she brings the pot to the table. “Every single one of them. This is what I got out of the crate when I cut away the rest.”

“You won’t get money this week,” Chaya guesses, her eyes raking mine for confirmation. “He’s insulted again. He made new rules. You were late too many days.” She waits.

“I did. I had to buy fabric.” “You had to.” “I had to. For the Yomim Tovim. Malka is sixteen.” “Nu nu. How are we going to have food for Shabbos?” “Becher.” Slowly, I breathe. Be still, I tell every fiber of my being. Chaya observes me. I don’t flinch. I feel the burn of shame and failure rise up inside me and sear my soul. It has nowhere to explode, so it implodes in my lungs,

I feel the burn of shame and failChaya says nothing more. ure rise up inside me and sear my She clamps her lips together until soul. It has nowhere to explode, so they’re so white, it implodes in my lungs, my ribs. they’re nearly invisible. I can see Perele in my mind’s eye, standing regally despite my ribs. Despite what I feel inside, her faded blue dress, protesting I nonchalantly lift my hand to my the awkward stance she must have yarmulke and massage it against my taken to crawl under the table and neck and forehead, wiping sweat collect the carrots. from my temples.

The tiny pot holds an amount of food that looks like you’d serve it to a baby. Not soup. But the mush is masked well in salt and black pepper, and nobody can be picky. That’s the thing about eating when you’re hungry. “So you didn’t spend the ten shekel,”

In the bedroom we all share, Chuna stirs from his sleep on the window sill, kicking the blanket. He opens his eyes and sleepily wedges his feet into his shoes, groping his way to the outhouse. His thick peyos are twin bushes by his ears. The words, I will never let me children down, echo through my head, mocking my futile promise I had made to my


The closest taste to home children even before they had been born, when I was still a boy of fourteen on a very hot day, and everything, even the water, was rationed. Chaya continues to peer into me until she knows. Suddenly I can’t take it anymore. I always have to be the strong one. For what? It never ends. It never gets better. The expectations are always dashed. I do everything I can to please, and yet, I let them down. My wife, the kinderlach. My hands are tied. “Becher is not the Eibishter!” I yell. Chuna comes back into the house and looks up at me, then to Chaya for reassurance. But she doesn’t see him; she has eyes only for me. So he continues on to bed, climbs up on the limestone windowsill, and settles back in. I feel caged. “Zei Gezunt,” I say to her and bolt, too hastily for apologies, for explanations. I think my behavior alone explains it all, if she hasn’t already figured out in a flash the shame I run to hide. Outside, I shudder with unshed words and tears. Across the forested hill, the Zionists are building. I sit down on a low stone. The road is dusty. A mustached Arab passes by, his eyes as hard as mine. I lift my right hand in my heartiest greeting, and he continues on. I don’t have pepper spray with me, and I’m outside the walls. A shudder runs up my spine and tickles the back of my neck, which I hold very erect. Apartments everywhere. Big, cement apartments like monsters with hollow eyes and mouths, makeshift cranes hovering over them. Are there really people who can afford to build them, to buy them? I stay and stare for a very long time, until my eyes grow unfocused and I am certain that Chaya is surely asleep. That’s how I never find out that Becher and his few shekel are not an issue anymore. That’s how Chaya never gets to tell me the news she was waiting to share, which will make finding a fligale of chicken for Shabbos among the least of my problems. I only find out two days later, when Wertheimer comes to tell me the news of my own home. To be continued…


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Sury Spitzer

CHAPTER 2 School T

oday was going to be the first day of Fourth Grade. Dina took the tin lunch box she had been sitting on, silently said goodbye to the empty bird nest, and climbed through the window into the dining room. Miriam was waiting for her. “A gitten tug, medelach,” Mama said. “Remember to cross the street at the lights and come right home when school is over.” “We will, Mama,” Dina replied, as she and Miriam hurried down the stairs. Her voice echoed up and down the stairwell. “A gitten tug, Mama.” Mama, Mama, echoed back to them. Dina loved the sights and sounds of Bedford Avenue. The pungent smell of pickles tickled her nose as she passed Yenkel the Pickle Man. She would much rather offer to help at the pickle stall, with the cheerful yellow umbrella shading it, than head toward school. Then

she could hope that Yenkel would offer Miriam and her a small pickle to share. But this morning she couldn’t linger. School was open, and she knew she must not be late.

Friday when Dina was seven years old and had been admiring Sam’s seltzer truck, which had been parked in front of their building.

“I better hurry home now, Sam. Shabbos is coming, and I Soon they passed Sam the didn’t have my bath yet,” Dina Seltzer Man and his lumbering had said. white truck. Dina and Miriam waved to Sam, and As Dina watched Mama light the canhe called out in his dles, one for each child in their family, hearty way, she wondered which candle was for her. “Hello there, my little princesses. “Humph,” Sam had grunted, Are we off to school on this fine hauling a crate of seltzer onto morning?” the truck. “Yes,” Dina shouted back. “Are you ready for Shabbos, “Grade Four!” Sam?” Dina had asked. “My, oh my, Grade Four it is,” “Mmm.” Sam called back, waving and waving until he could no longer “In my house there’s a long see them as they turned the line for the bath. If I come late, corner onto Wilson Street. Miriam will go before me, and I like to get the water first. I Sam was like an uncle to must hurry!” Dina. It had all begun one

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Di “You’re a lucky girl, Princess,” Sam had muttered then. “I loved Shabbos when I was a boy in the old country.” “And now? Don’t you love Shabbos now?” Dina’s voice had been tinged with disbelief. “I lost Shabbos many, many years ago, Dina,” Sam had said sadly, kicking the crate to the corner. “There’s no such thing! In our house, Shabbos comes every week, and everyone can have Shabbos there,” Dina had said passionately. “Come to our house on Shabbos. Come, come,” Dina had begged. Ever since then, Sam had been a steady Shabbos guest at the Eisen’s home, and he always remembered to bring along a bottle of seltzer for Shabbos. At the Eisens, Shabbos was special. On Friday night, Mama wore a lacy white tichel and a pretty white apron tied around her waist. Dina always thought that Mama looked exactly like the Shabbos Queen they were welcoming. And as she watched Mama light the candles, one for each child in their family, she wondered which candle was for her. When Mama would finish lighting, Dina would kiss Mama on her hand, and Mama kissed her on her forehead. Dina treasured her kiss. She tried

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keeping it there all week long without washing it off, and on Friday, when she took her bath and scrubbed her face shiny, she knew she would get a brand-new kiss that evening.

Dina and Miriam walked down another block of wide sidewalks, tall brownstone buildings, glass storefronts, apple sellers, and an occasional large car roaring past them. They passed a tree growing out of the concrete. Dina always felt sorry for the lonely trees. It must be difficult being a tree when there was no grass and no fields, only concrete and hot pavement and brownstone houses and storefronts. Dina watched as a large, black automobile passed them. “I wish I can ride in a car,” she said wistfully to her sister. “It must be such fun!” At school, the twins headed to the Fourth Grade room. A tall, heavyset woman sat stiffly at the teacher’s desk. She wore a paisley dress that was gathered at the waist and neckline and sleeves. Her hair was light blonde, like straw, tied up tightly at the nape of her neck. Her lips were as thin and straight as a pencil.


ina A School Story “Good morning, and your name is?” the teacher asked, her voice surprisingly low for such a big person. “Diana Eisen,” Dina whispered. “And this is Miriam, my sister.” “So, you are sisters, are you,” the teacher stated. “Very well; you may sit down at the right side of the room at the first two desks.” Dina watched as the room slowly filled with girls and boys. The teacher directed the girls to the right side of the room and the boys to the left. She recognized some of the children from her previous years at school. She waved happily as Bertha, Gloria, and Rebecca walked in. She was glad that there would be more Jewish girls in her class. When Milly Lark walked in, her orange braids swinging saucily, Dina tried not to look at her. But as Milly passed Dina’s desk, she scraped her tin lunch box hard against Dina’s arms. “Ouch!” Dina exclaimed. “Oooh, I’m sorry. I didn’t notice you,” Milly replied in a voice that was dripping sweetness, like the lead of a sharpened pencil dipped in

honey. Dina wished to tell Miriam how much she disliked Milly, but instead, she bit her lips and remained quiet. Last year, after Dina had won the schoolwide spelling contest, Milly had begun teasing Dina and had never let up.

hour. Dina and Miriam headed to the lunchroom and sat down at the end of a long table. They unwrapped their sandwiches, apple jelly for Dina and butter with a thin slice of onion for Miriam, which Mama had lovingly wrapped in newspaper for them. They held their sandwiches in their hands,

“Class will begin,” It must be difficult being a tree when the teacher there was no grass and no fields, only announced. concrete and hot pavement and brown“I am Miss Hawkins, stone houses. and I will be your teacher this year. I never putting it on the table. expect each of you to be here before 9:00 each morning. Now “The tables in the lunchroom stand in your places, and I will are treif,” Tatte had warned check that your collars and them on their first day of first nails are clean before we begin grade. “Never place your food the Pledge of Allegiance.” on the tables.” As Dina put her right hand over her heart to recite the Pledge of Allegiance with her classmates, she was not thinking about the United States flag proudly standing at the front of the room - or of her neatly trimmed nails. She was thinking about Milly, and of how jealous Milly was of her. At 12:00, the teacher rang the bell. Finally, it was lunch

Before going out to the yard to play, Dina headed back to her classroom to quickly do her homework. Dina was glad to avoid Milly in the yard, and besides, she couldn’t imagine bringing schoolwork home. Her school and home life didn’t mix. Home was safe and warm and loving. School was different. ��To be continued.

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Thoughts //

Contentment

The

cries swirled over me and settled at the edge of my awareness. I was so tired. So tired. Slowly, slowly the wails sunk deeper, louder, until I heard them, understood them. I had to get up. My head was so heavy, like lead. I was fighting sleep, yet fighting wakefulness. “Mooommmmmmyyyyyyy.” She was going to wake the other kids. I pulled my head off the pillow and attempted to get up. My limbs protested. “Go back to sleep. . . sleeeeep . . . sleep.” It was dark. I needed to sleep. My kids had already woken me up three times that night. “MOOOMMMMMMYYY.” I stumbled out of bed, groped through the darkened hallway and entered her room. “Mommy,” she whimpered. “What’s the matter?” I mumbled, my mind still seeing, needing my pillow. “I- I – had a scary dream.” “Don’t worry. It’s late. Go to sleep.” I turned to go, barely conscious of the words that left my mouth, a silent prayer wandering ‘round my sleepy brain. “Let her be quiet. Let her be …. quiet….” “Don’t go!” she yelled. Her voiced pierced the fog in my brain, and the haze receded somewhat. I spun around. I saw my daughter

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C.B. Kenigsberg

for the first time since she’d woken me, sitting huddled in her blanket, hugging her feet to her chest. Her eyes were wide with fright. “What’s the matter?” I asked wearily. I knew I had asked her before but couldn’t remember what she’d answered. “The dream – the dream,” she choked. “Robbers. And money.

feeling resentful. But I did need my precious hours of sleep, and not for myself either. I needed those hours of shuteye to give me the energy me to wake my kids with a smile, to exhibit patience while dealing with them. How was I supposed to do it? The negative feelings collected themselves into a hard lump in my stomach. I looked at my daughter and tried to summon the words to comfort her. They couldn’t get past the lump.

Slowly, slowly the wails sunk deeper, louder, until I heard them, understood them. I had to get up.

And suddenly I needed something more than I needed sleep. I needed contentment.

And Totty. And Pajamaaaas.” She ended in a high-pitched crescendo.

“Ha hahahaha,” a voice mocked me cruelly. “Contentment is on your pillow. Go to bed.”

“Shhh,” I said instinctively. This was going to be a long one. I felt my feet giving way and sat down on her bed. I put my arm around her shoulder and stroked her hair. Her wails subsided to quiet whimpers and hiccups.

“In you,” whispered another softly. “In you.”

“Let me get you drink,” I told her. “No. Stay. I’m scared.” I looked at my watch. 2:45. Four hours and fifteen minutes was all that was left of my sleep. It had already been interrupted three times. And the average adult was supposed to get eight hours of sleep at night. Resentment seeped through me, and then I felt resentment at myself for

I thought of a mother, awake through the night under harsh, glaring fluorescents, anxiously observing the numbers on her child’s monitor. I envisioned a mother huddling with her children, listening to the whistles of explosives overhead. I saw a mother pacing up and down the kitchen floor, thinking that each of her heavy footsteps was the sound of her child entering the door. But it wasn’t. I saw a mother lying in her bed through the long silent night, yearning for her child’s cries, her heart pierced by the cries that weren’t. The lump in my stomach disintegrated, and contentment spread through me slowly. I was sitting here, on my beautiful daughter’s bed, on a quiet, happy, peaceful night. It was good. Hashem is good. The words came out freely.

“I love you, Shefela,” I whispered I tried to relax my muscles. Each with a catch in my throat. “And muscle individually, each finger Hashem loves you, too. And He’s one at a time, each hand, my tongue. I tried to counter the Four hours and fifteen minutes thoughts. “It’s not so was all that was left of my sleep. It bad. You’ll survive. had already been interrupted three You have it in you. It’s times. good.” As though a light had been turned on in my brain, the thought crystallized. It was good. I put my daughter’s hand in mine, and the love that I had inside flowed through us. It was good.

watching over you, Zeeskeit. Come. Let’s sing Shema again.” My eyes were still heavy and my limbs weary, but it didn’t matter anymore. I was content.

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F Y I: Ice Cream

After a long winter hiatus, I sighted the first ice cream truck this week. Its familiar looping jingle chimed gaily as it trundled past my street. Nothing says, “Summer is here again,” better than this whimsical pastel-colored truck. So here’s to a celebration of all things summer! To swimming pools and dripping popsicles! To sandals and freckled faces! To sun-warmed peaches and coconutscented suntan lotion!

Here’s to all of us who rejoice in the gaiety and fun and endless adventures that awaits us as we welcome SUMMER!

By the Number: 20-29%

Vanilla is the most popular flavor in the U.S. It takes up 20-29% of overall ice cream sales, with chocolate coming in a distant second.

21 Billion Ice cream is a $21-billion dollar industry.

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“Overrun” is a measure of the volume of air whipped into ice cream when it is made. The amount isn’t specified on the label, but you can tell by picking up the container; if it feels light for its size, there’s more overrun. A container of higher-quality ice cream with less overrun feels heavy, and the ice cream inside is more dense and rich. 62 /// The Monsey View /// May 29, 2015

the number of ice cream pints the average American consumes annually It takes approximately 50 licks to finish a single ice cream scoop. (Try it for yourself!) About 9% of all milk produced in the U.S. is used to make ice cream It takes three gallons of milk to make one gallon of ice cream.

2,204

The world’s largest ice cream cone was created in England in 2012. A forklift carried the ice cream, which weighed 2,204 pounds, and placed it on top of the 13-foottall cone. Sprinkles and strawberry sauce toppings were catapulted onto the

cone, but most failed to stick.


The World’s Most Expensive Dessert

6 Tips

There are some simple tips you can use to ensure maximum deliciousness and get the most out of your next ice cream carton. Here’s the scoop!

1. Smooth Scoop

fore it starts. The simplest way to avoid this is by not letting the ice cream melt in the first place, as freezer burn occurs when melted ice cream refreezes and oxygen gets into the pint. So, if you don’t intend to polish off the entire carton in one sitting (!), the next best option is to flip it over in the freezer. Doing so will prevent the melted ice cream from dripping onto the lid and forming ice crystals.

For a perfect looking dessert plate, wet the ice cream scoopwith room temperature water. This keeps the ice cream from sticking to the scoop and allows for a nice, smooth, gliding mound.

2. START AT THE EDGE

On November 7, 2007, the day after a $1,000 bagel was introduced in New York City , a local restaurateur unveiled a $25,000 chocolate sundae, setting a Guinness world record for the most expensive dessert. The “Frrozen Haute Chocolate,” includes a blend of 28 cocoas, among them 14 of the most expensive and exotic varieties from around the globe. The dessert, spelled with two Rs, is infused with five grams (0.2 ounces) of edible 23-karat gold and served in a crystal goblet lined with edible gold. At the base of the goblet is an 18-karat gold bracelet with one carat of white diamonds.

Ice cream softens from the outside to the inside, so the best place to start scooping is at the edge of the carton. This will also prevent the melted ice cream on its perimeter from dripping into the still-frozen ice cream in the middle.

So, who actually orders this bejeweled outrageousness, we’d like to know? The restaurant is discreet, but they have hinted that the Frrozen Haute is popular with visiting Saudian royalty.

5. IGNORE THE DOOR Because temperature varies wildly as the freezer door is opened and shut, the temperature-stable back of the freezer is the ideal spot for your sweet treat. The perfect temperature to store ice cream is at –8 degrees.

3. CHUNKY FLAVORS ARE HARDER TO SCOOP

6. Stress-Free Scooping

Any ice cream that has chunks (such as cookies ‘n cream) will stay frozen longer and is more difficult to scoop. (Which doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try!)

For easy serving when entertaining, pre-scoop ice cream: place on a baking sheet which is lined with parchment paper and freeze for about two hours or until firm. For longer storage, transfer to an airtight container, until you’re ready to serve.

4. FLIP YOUR PINT TO KEEP IT FRESH Though there’s not much that can be done to save a pint of ice cream after ice crystals form, it is easy to tackle the problem be-

The sundae is topped with whipped cream covered with more gold and a side of La Madeline au Truffle, which sells for $2,600 a pound. It is served with a gold spoon decorated with white and chocolatecolored diamonds, which can also be taken home.

for Scooping and Storing Ice Cream

K n oow L in g

th e Brain Freeze

Occurs when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth. Often used as a palate cleanser between courses

Sorbet

or as a lovely, fresh and light dessert. A true sorbet is made without milk or eggs.

Sherbet Granita

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No doubt No Doubt How to Settle on a USP 2005 Mrs. Moskowitz headsthe outshift forwithin her weekly Wednesday shopping. She likes to take it slow. She Last week, we examined the Monsey Step 1 calls her landscape taxi at 9:30. Takes inMrs. the Moskowitz’s fresh air and the view as they ride past familiar streets. The business by portraying First you must understand theknows community or to grocery is like a good friend’s She knows exactly where everything is and where Wednesday routine. Many issues home. were brought up consumer you are trying to attract. Take your ideal fleetingly. Yetspecials. if we traceShe the doesn’t root to her unlucky day,the flickering lights or the cracked linoleum floors. look for the care about customer and write a one-paragraph description it all began “Mrs. friends Moskowitz out for her She’s busywith, greeting andheads exchanging Yom Tov tips. satisfied. aboutShe’s him/her. Your description should answer these weekly Wednesday shopping. She hasn’t decided yet which grocery she’s going to.”

questions: “What type is he/she? Where does he/

she live? How does his/her family look like? What’s 2015 The moment there was doubt in her mind, the minute income? What do theydecided need fromyet a business Mrs. Moskowitz heads out for her weekly Wednesdaytheir shopping. She hasn’t which like she wasn’t sure about her routine, she was distracted mine? What is most important to them?” grocery she’s going to. Her taxi picks her up at 9:30, but she’s still sitting in traffic at 10:00. She’s and ultimately dissatisfied. really upset about all the traffic. Waiting at the light, Step she sees 2 a big sign waving in a storefront. Impatient, she gets out of the car, spends $100.00 on things she’s not quiet sure she needs, then Make a list of your competitors, and write down what drops store next door since she’s meaning to for a long time. Before she knows it, she’s What into Is a the USP? their strengths are and what they sell. trekked a mile, spent a while, and swiped a worthwhile. She gets to the grocery, thankful for USP stands a “Unique Selling Step blasting air for conditioning. There’s so much going on. She doesn’t see the3specials or her friends. Proposition,” the unique thing that She forgets a couple of things, can’t find a few other ones. She’s sure about Nownot all you have to doanything is consider the only your business sells within an anymore… following: what are your ideal client’s industry. There can be six groceries needs that none of your competitors carrying basically the same items, yet have filled yet? What is happening? each can sell something very defined. One sells experience. One sellsit was 10 years ago. You know it has changed. And with every change Compare your life to how The answer is your Unique Selling affordability. One sells convenience. you can be the one to gain or to lose out. Since business flourishesProposition. on the principles of supply Yet another sells friendliness. Instead and demand, it’s up to the consumer to demand premier standards while it’s an opportunity for of saying, “We’re a grocery!” you can How Do You Communicate Your busineses to about step in and claim authority. say, “We’re all this.” USP? Once you have your USP,and write it down, and place In this weekly column we will explore the changes happening to Monsey how you can as a it somewhere you will see it everyday. It’s important consumer and abusiness business owner of that. Being in the business of marketing The reason many owners shy take away advantage from that your vision and differentiation begin at the head a USP isand due spending to their fearan ofawful ostracizing potential clients lot ofa time researching of and we are openingtoo, ourshould trovebe ofclear theanalyzing, company. Your employees, consumer market. They want to sell everything to experience to let you benefit from it. about what makes their company different. Then, everyone.

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incorporate your USP in your elevator pitch, in your phone system, and on your business cards. Whenever you advertise or promote anything, ask yourself, “How does this push my USP further?” You’re not advertising a sale, or a new item, or a new location; you’re advertising your USP.

Arrow Group is Monsey’s leading Marketing and Advertising Firm. Known for campaigns that are as memorable to consumers as they’re profitable to clients. Arrow Group has been one of the leading week, catalyst theNY changes in leading the Monsey Business landscape. For business inquiriesUntil or tonext be featured Arrow to Group is Monsey’s marketing and advertising firm. Known for camPinchus Perlmutter, CEO paigns thatin arethis as memorable consumers as their profits are to clients, Arrow Group anecdotally column to contact monseyrebranded@arrowgroupny.com. has been one of the leading catalysts to the changes in the Monsey business landscape. For business inquiries or to be featured anecdotally in this column, contact monseyrebranded@ arrowgroupny.com.


Food & Family//

Ahhh, the long, luscious summer Shabbosim. What bliss! The pleasure of sitting on my front porch after licht bentchen and davening Lecha Dodi in the rich evening air; The pride of walking to shul on sunny Shabbos mornings with my four beautiful boys ka�h; The sheer novelty of long quality afternoons spent leisurely with my husband and children; And the cherry on the pie, the very acme of Shabbos, the supreme delight of gathering with friends and loved ones for an uplifting shalosh seudos.

I hope that the refreshing recipes featured on the following pages will give you inspiration and will enhance your shalosh seudos. May each of your summer shalosh seudos be memorable affairs.

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Recipes by F. Engel

food & family Photos by Michal Alpert

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Food & Family//

Glazed Salmon Preheat oven to 400. Rinse fish and pat dry. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Combine first three ingredients and spread over fish. Sprinkle onion garnish on top. Place rows of squash over fish, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

1 whole side of salmon fillet – with skin 4 T. Mayonnaise 3 T. Mustard 1 T. Honey Oneg Onion Garnish (crunchy fried onions) – to taste 1 yellow squash – thinly sliced 1 green squash – thinly sliced Salt to taste Black pepper to taste

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes.

Seasoned

If you don’t like the dried-out look

Tip of the squash, spray with cooking spray prior to baking.

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Light and Easy

Springtime Salad 2 stalks Andy Boy Romaine Hearts lettuce-sliced into 1/3 inch strips 6-8 mini sweet peppers (red, orange or yellow)-

sliced into thin circles (They will look like flowers.) 5 stalks scallions-sliced 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes-sliced in half

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Food & Family//

Colorful Angel Hair Pasta Salad

1 package angel hair pasta 1 green pepper – finely diced 1 yellow pepper – finely diced 1 orange pepper – finely diced Dressing: 2/3 C. mayonnaise

3 T. oil 3 T. soy sauce ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. honey 1 bunch scallions – sliced

Cook, drain and rinse the pasta, and place in a bowl. Add peppers and dressing ingredients. Mix with fork. Garnish top with scallions. For a simple and mess-free way of cooking pasta, try this:

TipOnce your water is on a “rolling boil” add 1 T. salt, oil and pasta. Cover the pot, and shut the flame. Wait 20 minutes and then drain.

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Chocolate Sauce and Candied Nuts To Top Your Ice Cream

Prepare the Chocolate Sauce:

Melt all the ingredients in a double boiler, stirring frequently until everything is completely melted and combined. At this point the sauce will be very thin. Allow it to cool at room temperature until it thickens a bit. Refrigerate until ready to use. Rewarm a bit before serving. (Don’t overwarm because it’ll again become too thin.)

To Prepare the Candied Nuts:

Preheat oven to 375. Spread the nuts on a 9x13 baking pan. Sprinkle sugars and pinch salt evenly over the nuts. Drizzle melted margarine evenly on top. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow the nuts to cool and then place it in a double Ziploc bag. Pound the nuts with a meat tenderizer and slightly chop. (The beauty of these candied nuts lies in the large pieces of nuts. Many nuts should even remain whole.) Serve over scoops of milchig vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Sauce: 1 T. corn syrup 1 ½ bars Rosemarie Chocolate (or 4 oz. baking chocolate) ¾ cup sugar 1 cup whip 2 T. margarine

Candied Nuts 1 container Klein’s salted mixed nuts 2 T. sugar 4 T. granulated brown sugar (This product was recently repackaged as pourable brown sugar.) Pinch salt 3 T. margarine, melted

This dessert will enhance your Shalosh Seudos like no other. It’s exceptionally easy to prepare, yet its presentation makes a statement and its taste is divine! This dessert is a winner, hands down!

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Excursions In anticipation of the long summer days ahead, The Monsey View will feature family-friendly trips that are sure to create fond memories. Join us as we explore lovely attractions in and near Rockland County for day trips and short getaways. Hiking trails and scenic spots, parks, waterfronts and indoor recreation are all within reachaccessible by taxi, train and sometimes even by foot. We hope the information will enhance your summer and take you on wonderful EXCURSIONS. 73 /// The Monsey View /// May 20, 2015


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Devoiry Goralnik

Whether you prefer an action-packed day with various exciting experiences or an idyllic day at the .ocean, it’s just a train ride away

This Week’s Spotlight is on

Train Travel Being a country girl, I never thought of train travel as a means of transportation, until I discovered how convenient and fun it actually is. New Jersey Transit provides access to several family-friendly attractions, and conveniently offers service from the Spring Valley Bus Terminal, which is just a car or bus ride away. That is where we headed one beautiful – albeit very warm – morning. The intense heat may have discouraged other travelers, who would prefer to stay in the cool confines of their homes. We were not deterred, though, as we were heading to nature’s built-in cooling system: the water! It wasn’t only the anticipation of the destination that made the children of various ages being treated to this getaway jump up and down in excitement. The novelty of a train ride added a thrilling dimension to this trip. Being that Spring Valley is the first station on the Pascack Valley Line, it has the perk of an empty train with lots of seats. We settled the entire clan all together to enjoy the scenic ride across the rustic fields of New Jersey. We sat comfortably, focused on the panorama flying by through the large windows. Miles of trees and grass and New Jersey towns proved to be a serene backdrop to the family camaraderie in the train car. 75 /// info@TheMonseyView.com


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Hoboken, NJ The children’s excitement with the ride on the railroad tracks escalated as we reached the Hoboken Terminal and made our way to the ferry port, which is in the very same station. The high-ceilinged vintage-style terminal provided an interesting diversion, and our wait for the ferry passed pleasantly. Aboard the NY Waterway boat, we were treated to a short journey upon the refreshing waters of the Hudson. Standing on the deck, the mist sprayed at us generously, making the day’s heat but a distant memory. The children eagerly craned their necks, looking out for landmarks as we rode closer to the shores of Manhattan. From the Hoboken Terminal, you can choose to take a ferry to Pier 11 or to the World Financial Center, which can lead you to numerous destinations in Manhattan. We chose the latter as the port is just a short walk to NYC’s Battery Park, the next stop of our trip. Battery Park has a long boardwalk lined with many benches, with a view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There are also grassy and shady areas for relaxing or 76 /// The Monsey View /// May 29, 2015

ball playing, as well as historical memorials. We chose a few benches near the water and ate a picnic-style meal. There are steps leading down to the boardwalk, which is calm and detached from the hustle of the people in the park. From there, we took the reverse route back to Monsey. There are different options, which you can look into while on the train, such as taking a connecting train from Manhattan to New Jersey and then back to Monsey.


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Oceanfront at Long Branch, NJ The New Jersey Coastline is unmatched for its impressive oceanfront, with its numerous beaches and boardwalks. It spans 130 beautiful miles of islands, bays and majestic lighthouses. There is access to the shore in countless places throughout New Jersey, but I will focus on one area, the beaches in and near Deal, NJ, specifically the boardwalk behind the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch. (The area which is commonly referred to as “Deal” actually encompasses several small towns and neighborhoods: Long Branch, Eatontown, Deal, Oakhurst, and Allenhurst.) With a bit of exploring, you can discover many more oceanfront sites. The NJ Transit’s Long Branch station is just a four-minute bus ride or a fifteen-minute walk to the Ocean Place Resort. Behind the Ocean Place hotel is a boardwalk and open access to the ocean. That area gives one the extra convenience of having the hotel lobby available for indoor time and restrooms. The ocean experience defies description. There is something so pure and awe-inspiring about the

combination of mighty waves that forcefully hit the shore, an endless seascape of tossing water, and minute, intricately carved seashells waiting to be taken home as a memento. Life is put on hold and the clock stands still. Away from the pressures of everyday life, we were transported to a place where nature’s peace reigns and all else fades away. The rise and fall of the ocean and cushion of sand beneath us lent to an idyllic and relaxing afternoon. The atmosphere was so lulling and hypnotizing, that upon our return we felt revitalized and rejuvenated from what really felt like a mini-vacation. 77 /// info@TheMonseyView.com


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NJ Transit Departure Times

from Spring Valley Terminal to Hoboken and Long Branch )only feasible travel times listed(

Sundays: 8:02, 9:35*, 10:02, 11:35*, 12:05, 2:05, 4:08 Weekdays: 7:59*, 8:08, 8:51, 10:49, 12:13, 1:38, 2:45, 3:46

Long Branch, NJ

Hoboken, NJ

Train Duration of Trip:

Sundays: 1 hour and 20 minutes Weekdays: Between 1 hour and 20 minutes and 1 hour and 50 minutes *The departure times with an asterisk are only 52 minute runs to Hoboken.

NJ Transit:

Phone: 973-275-5555 Spring Valley Bus Terminal: Northeast Corner Rte. 45 and Rte. 59

Ferry Duration of Trip:

8 minutes Ferry departs every 15 minutes between 8:00-9:30 AM Every 30 minutes between 9:30 am-3:30 pm Every 15 minutes from 3:30 pm and on

Fares:

Fares:

Adult: $9.50 Child: 5-11 $4.75 Under 5: Up to 3 children travel free

Adult: $7 Child 6-11: $3.50 Child 5 and under: Two children ride free for every paying adult

Train Duration of Trip:

Bus 831 Duration of Trip:

Fares:

Fares:

Between 2 hours and 15 minutes and 3 hours, depending on the time. Adult: $15 Child 5-11: $6.75 Under 5: Up to 3 children travel free

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4 minutes This train departs once an hour; Sundays at every :30 and weekdays at every :55. Adult: $1.50

Child 5-11: $.75

Child under five ride free Transfers are $.70 for adults and $.35 for children and have to be bought on the train. Exact fare must be given.


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Learn to Draw with Faigy Rothman

Follow these step-by-step directions to draw your own masterpiece.

Enter Our Art Contest! Step 1

STEP 1

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We will be featuring an art contest every four weeks. To submit your art: 1. Draw one of the art ideas from this column.

2. Color it, using pastel, crayon, paint, marker, or even colored pencil.

3. Mail your masterpiece to Faigy Rothman at 8 Gwen Lane, Monsey, NY 10952

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