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Friday, April 28, 2017

See Manhattan on Your Feet with Mover and Shaker Paul Mayer! Cozy in Patent Leather Orleans Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

Meet Cozy in Patent Leather Orleans by Paul Mayer Attitudes on the feet of Peachy Deegn!
 Spring is here in Manhattan and on Whom You Know and it is blooming with a new attitude!
A Paul Mayer, attitude, that is.
These are the best ballet flats in the world.
The Cozy style is a best-selling flat and we absolutely adore it because it is beautiful, comfortable, and the designer, Mover and Shaker Paul Mayer, is the most brilliant shoe designer in the world.  You can quite literally walk for miles and not get blisters or be uncomfortable in any way.  For the traveler that wants to see the world and look chic, these are made for you.  Or, if you are someone like Peachy that lives in Manhattan and just will walk for ten miles at a Trade Show...
 In honor of their nude color and because they were hungry, we took them out to dinner at one of our favorites, The Leopard at Des Artistes (check out their smashing press page; we've been going there for 8 years).  Get excited to hear about what Vito has dreamed up for the spring because the Cozy agrees it was delicious.
When you wear a nude shoe, it elongates your legs so even if you are a bit undertall like Peachy, you can give the illusion you are a giraffe...or maybe as close as you will be to being tall!  It works even better with the heel in the Titou style for height, but Peachy is a speedy walker so she loves this flat, especially the brilliant well-made sole which all soles should aspire to be.  If Peachy was a Corvette, these would be her Goodyear tires.
 
From every angle, they are stunning. 
 
 
 
 
  
Paul Mayer's luxuriously, comfortable designs keep women coming back for multiple -- even dozens -- of pairs. Classic, yet contemporary and always comfortable, his shoes are an addiction that we highly recommend. A staple of the Paul Mayer collection is the simple ballet-flat, with true ballerina construction for a perfect fit that comes in a variety of colors and materials. A cult favorite is the cozy, a flat with lavender-scent infused soles adding style and fragrance to collector's closets as Paul's designs emerge in sophisticated design incarnations season after season in the most incredible hues, textures and modern innovations in luxury footwear because we know firsthand how incredibly brilliant he is. Mayer founded the brand in 2004 with partner, Jeff Levy. All shoes in the line are manufactured in Spain’s Valencia region, along the Mediterranean coast by a skilled staff of 12 artisans. They craft each pair of shoes with an old-world attention to detail that includes in-house embroidery, quilting and stitching as well as custom tanned leather. This allows the brand to cater to each retailer’s specific demands in with timely and consistent alacrity, with orders completed in an unheard-of 3 to 5 weeks. When not in New York, Paul can be found traveling to his myriad of stores across the country meeting his loyal clientele or vacationing in his favorite spot, the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach. 
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NHL Peachy: Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition – April 28, 2017


THURSDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
OTTAWA 2, NY Rangers 1 – OTT leads 1-0
Pittsburgh 3, WASHINGTON 2 – PIT leads 1-0

CROSBY, OVECHKIN EACH SCORE AS BONINO LIFTS PENGUINS IN GAME 1
Sidney Crosby scored twice in a span of 52 seconds to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead, but Alex Ovechkin notched the first of two straight Capitals goals to help even the score, setting the stage for Pittsburgh’s Nick Bonino to tally the game-winning goal in the third period in Game 1 of their Second Round series.
* Bonino scored his sixth career playoff game-winning goal and second against Washington; he notched the series-clinching overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2016 Second Round against the Capitals, inspiring the famous “Bonino! Bonino! Bonino!” call by play-by-play broadcaster Harnarayan Singh.

* Crosby scored each of his goals in the opening 1:04 of the second period, including a marker 12 seconds into the frame that equaled the franchise playoff record for fastest goal to start a period – a mark he set in Game 3 of the 2008 Conference Quarterfinals at OTT. Elias adds that Crosby scored the fastest two goals by one player to start a period in franchise playoff history.

* Crosby, who has at least one point in each of his past five games (4-5—9), registered his 51st career multi-point game in the postseason (all w/ PIT) to tie Mario Lemieux for the most in franchise history and surpass Jaromir Jagr (50) for the most among active NHL players.

* Crosby has collected 10-7—17 in 14 career playoff meetings against the Capitals (1.21 PPG), while Ovechkin has compiled 11-11—22 in those contests (1.57 PPG).

KARLSSON'S LATE GOAL GIVES SENATORS GAME 1 VICTORY
Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal from the Rangers goal line with 4:11 left in regulation to lift the Senators to a 1-0 series lead on home ice.


* Karlsson, who scored his first career playoff game-winning goal (36 GP), leads all skaters with 30:11 TOI/GP and all defensemen with 1-6—7 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He shared second among all blueliners with five decisive tallies during the regular season, one behind Brent Burns.

* Karlsson became the second Senators defenseman to score a game-winning goal in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, joining Dion Phaneuf (Game 2 vs. BOS). The last time Ottawa had at least two defensemen score a winning goal in the postseason was 2007, when a franchise-record four different blueliners notched game-winners to help the Senators reach the Stanley Cup Final.

LATE GOALS STAND AS WINNERS YET AGAIN
All four games in the Second Round have featured a go-ahead, game-winning goal in the final eight minutes of regulation.

Game-Winning Goals in Second Round of 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs
12:36 of third period: Nick Bonino (PIT)
14:55 of third period: Vernon Fiddler (NSH)
15:20 of third period: Adam Larsson (EDM)
15:49 of third period: Erik Karlsson (OTT)

* Overall, there have been 13 go-ahead, game-winning goals scored in the third period this postseason, including five in the final five minutes of regulation.

FOLIGNO, GETZLAF AND GIORDANO NAMED FINALISTS FOR MESSIER AWARD
Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno, Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and Flames defenseman Mark Giordano are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is presented “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.”

Mark Messier solicits suggestions from club and League personnel as well as NHL fans to compile a list of potential candidates for the award. However, the selection of the three finalists and ultimate winner is Messier’s alone.

The winner of the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, as well as the winners of the NHL Foundation Player Award and King Clancy Memorial Trophy, will be announced Tuesday, June 20, at the 2017 NHL Humanitarian Awards, a special event at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas that will honor the League’s leaders both on and off the ice. The winners of the 2017 NHL Humanitarian Awards also will be recognized the following day at the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena.

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LOOSE PUCKS 
Henrik Lundqvist (41 saves) stopped all 21 shots he faced in the opening frame – a playoff career high for any period. Elias notes that in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68), the only Rangers goaltender with more saves in the first period of a playoff game was Ed Giacomin (22) in Game 4 of the 1968 Quarterfinals at CHI . . . Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 34 saves to improve to 5-2 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (1.81 GAA, .930 SV%, 1 SO) . . . Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves – including a series of stops late in the third period – to improve to 5-1 this postseason (2.43 GAA, .934 SV%) . . . The Penguins won Game 1 against the Capitals for the second time in 10 all-time playoff meetings (also 2000 CQF at WSH: 7-0 W) . . . Former television personality David Letterman was part of the crowd at Verizon Center for Game 1 between the Penguins and Capitals.


SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Nashville @ St. Louis, NSH leads 1-0, 8 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBCSN
Edmonton @ Anaheim, EDM leads 1-0, 10:30 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN

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On the War on Terror, by Michael Bloomberg

"Ironically, it is exactly because we are a city that embraces freedom, that welcomes everyone and encourages their dreams, that New York remains on the front lines in the war on terror."
-Michael Bloomberg

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gino's Pizzeria and Restaurant by Philip Mangiafridda Since 1992 Inaugural Review To Celebrate the Second Round of the NHL Playoffs GO RANGERS Our Coverage Sponsored by Cosmopolitan Dental, Official Dentist of Whom You Know and Enthusiastic Supporter of Hockey

Owner and Master Pizza Creator Philip Mangiafridda, Highly Esteemed Rangers Enthusiast

The Best Dentist in Manhattan & Official Dentist of Whom You Know: 





30 E. 40th Suite 1001

(212) 683-1960 

Dr. Garo Nazarian is a Mover and Shaker, and was the first featured: http://www.whomyouknow.com/2009/01/movers-and-shakers-dr-garo-nazarian-of.html

Dr. Nazarian, a graduate of Boston College and Columbia Dental School, opened Cosmopolitan Dental in 2006 and has grown his practice to over 2,000 patients. Peachy Deegan is proud to be the second ever. Cosmopolitan Dental strives to surpass all patients' expectations by catering to your dental needs while providing the utmost professional results. Cosmopolitan Dental has been recognized by America's Top Dentists and has earned both the Patients' choice award and the Doctors' choice award. Dr. Garo Nazarian is a proud member of the New York State Dental Association, New York County Dental Society and the American Dental Association. Cosmopolitan Dental loves to make you smile! 
Cosmopolitan Dental is a strong supporter of The Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It is a great day for Whom You Know when we discover a new pizza place that makes fantastic pizza.  It's always a great day for hockey, according to Bob Johnson.   We're so glad to introduce you to Gino's Pizzeria and Restaurant (they have yet to create a website), opened since March 1992 by Philip Mangiafridda, an avid hockey enthusiast who surely enjoys NHL Peachy...the only thing greater than great pizza is when it is made by someone that loves hockey as much as we do. Philip also enters the highest echelons of coolness in sharing a birthday with the late great Gordie Howe, March 31st, and Philip has always been a Rangers fan.   Gino's is located at 345 East 83rd Street near 1st Avenue and is named for Gino, Philip's dad who came to America from Sicily in 1953, which was also a great year for cars (Corvette was born!).  Both of Philip's children, Gino and Ginamarie were also named for Gino and are also strong supporters of the sport of hockey, his daughter being a star at Wesleyan (a Loomis Chaffee alum...you know Peachy played field hockey at Miss Porter's).
By the way, we knew nothing about the hockey interest until we saw the Rangers on the wall and asked.  We were going entirely for the culinary endeavors initially but we'll be back for both.  Avid readers know that Peachy Deegan adores vegetables on her pizza, and she ordered spinach, tomatoes, garlic and onion on this spectacular pizza.
We reveled in its beauty, color and nutritional value before our resident pizza monster was released.  The chunky vegetable goodness emanated perfectly from the substantial, wonderful crust.  The piping hot pie was a hat trick in our stomach and from the sauce to the cheese, every essential element of a perfect pizza lit the lamp for Gino's (*but did not score on King Henrik.  By the way he told us he likes dinner and a movie-Dumb and Dumber- when he's not in goal so we hope he's reading:
The pasta we chose was the elegant Pasta Primavera in white sauce.  The vegetables were fresh and appropriately crunchy and this dish absolutely hit the spot.  Avid readers know that Peachy Deegan often ate Chicken Parm when she was a student at Boston College at Lower Dining Hall (where she kept +/- and faceoff stats for Head Men's Hockey Coach Jerry York...do you see a pattern?) and so she orders it everywhere.  Philip's Chicken Parm at Gino's is perfectly pounded poultry that absolutely revels in gorgeous tomato sauce and mozzarella.  And look at how beautifully it's presented.  It looks like it's starting a wave at MSG for the Rangers. 
If you like great pizza and terrific neighborhood Italian, Gino's is your spot.
This is totally where you should be going if you like hockey and have tastebuds!
Gino's
345 East 83rd Street near 1st Avenue
212 717 5336
If they start a website, we will let you know!

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NHL Peachy: Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition – April 27, 2017


WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Nashville 4, ST. LOUIS 3 – NSH leads 1-0
Edmonton 5, ANAHEIM 3 – EDM leads 1-0

THRILLING THIRD PERIODS HIGHLIGHT OPENING NIGHT OF SECOND ROUND
The Predators and Oilers each had their 3-1 third-period leads erased before receiving late game-winning goals – from Vernon Fiddler (14:55) and Adam Larsson (15:20), respectively – to win the opening games of their Second Round series.

* Larsson’s marker was the fourth go-ahead goal in the final five minutes of the third period this postseason. The others were scored by Boston’s Brad Marchand (17:27, Game 1 at OTT), St. Louis’ Jaden Schwartz (17:33, Game 2 at MIN) and Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf (15:14, Game 2 vs. CGY).

PREDATORS POST FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN TO OPEN SECOND ROUND
P.K. Subban collected 1-2—3 and Vernon Fiddler scored the go-ahead goal with 5:05remaining in regulation to lead Nashville past St. Louis in their first ever playoff meeting.

* The Predators, who swept the Blackhawks in the First Round, are the first team to start a postseason with five consecutive victories since 2015, when the Ducks won their first six contests. Nashville last won five consecutive games during the 2015-16 regular season, when they posted a 5-0-0 run from Feb. 22 – March 1, 2016.

* Subban established a franchise playoff record for points in a game by a defenseman, his second such performance in the postseason (0-3—3 in Game 3 of 2010 CF vs. PHI w/ MTL). Paul Kariya is the only Predators player to register more points in a playoff game (0-4—4 in Game 1 of 2006 CQF vs. SJS).

* Fiddler, who played his first game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, scored his fifth career playoff goal and first game-winner (43 GP). Colin Wilson also scored in his first game this postseason.

* ICYMI: Country music star Carrie Underwood congratulated the Predators and her husband, captain Mike Fisher, while Subban, a Toronto native, was visited by several members of the Blue Jays.

Photo via @subbanator

DRAISAITL, LARSSON LEAD OILERS TO GAME 1 VICTORY IN ANAHEIM
Leon Draisaitl (1-3—4) and Adam Larsson (2-1—3) collected three points apiece during a six-goal third period to help the Oilers outlast the Ducks and take a 1-0 series lead.


* Elias notes that Draisaitl, 21, became just the second player in Oilers history to record at least four points in a playoff game before his 22nd birthday – Wayne Gretzky achieved the feat twice in 1981 at age 20 and twice in 1982 at age 21.

* Larsson became the first Oilers defenseman to post multiple goals in a playoff game since Brian Glynn in Game 1 of the 1992 Division Semifinals at LAK. Elias says that Larsson is the first defenseman in Oilers history to register at least three points in the third period of a playoff game.

* Elias adds that Draisaitl and Larsson – who each matched a career high for points in a game (regular-season and playoffs) – became just the third pair of Oilers teammates to each record at least three points in the same period of a playoff game and the first to do so in the third period.

* Edmonton became the first team to defeat Anaheim in regulation since March 10, ending the Ducks’ run at 18 games (15-0-3, regular-season and playoffs). The Oilers also became the first visiting team to win in regulation at Honda Center since March 5, ending Anaheim’s 12-game streak (11-0-1, regular season and playoffs).

BABCOCK, McLELLAN, TORTORELLA VOTED JACK ADAMS AWARD FINALISTS
Mike Babcock of the Maple Leafs, Todd McLellan of the Oilers and John Tortorella of the Blue Jackets are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success.”

Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 21, during the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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LOOSE PUCKS
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (1-1—2) scored his 33rd career playoff goal (all w/ ANA) to tie Corey Perry for second place in Ducks history, behind Teemu Selanne (35) . . .Predators teammates Ryan Johansen (1-6—7) and Fillip Forsberg (3-3—6) have each collected at least one point in all five games this postseason . . . Oilers forward Mark Letestu (2-0—2) posted his first career multi-goal playoff game . . . Twenty-nine of 44 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been decided by one goal (65.9%), while another six have been decided by two goals following an empty-net score (79.5% combined) . . . The Canucks named Travis Green as the 19th head coach in franchise history . . . The Bruins announced that Bruce Cassidy will remain as head coach . . . Actor Kevin Smith was part of the crowd at Honda Center for Game 1 between the Oilers and Ducks.

Photo via @ThatKevinSmith

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Ottawa, Game 1, 7 p.m., CNBC, CBC, TVAS
Pittsburgh @ Washington, Game 1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVAS2

OVECHKIN, CAPITALS RENEW PLAYOFF RIVALRY WITH CROSBY, PENGUINS 
Captains Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby are set to face off in the playoffs for the third time (and second in as many years) when the Capitals and Penguins begin their 10th all-time playoff meeting at Verizon Center in Washington. Ovechkin (10-11—21) and Crosby (8-7—15) have each averaged more than a point per game in their previous 13 playoff meetings. Pittsburgh has won eight of their nine previous playoff series against Washington and has eliminated the Capitals en route to each of their four championships (1991, 1992, 2009 and 2016).

SENATORS, RANGERS SET FOR SECOND ALL-TIME PLAYOFF MEETING
The Rangers visit the Senators for Game 1 of their second all-time playoff meeting and first since the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals, a seven-game series won by New York. The Senators held a 2-1-0 record in their regular-season series against the Rangers (1-2-0) in 2016-17, highlighted by a 33-save shutout by goaltender Craig Anderson on Nov. 27. These teams made one of the biggest trades of last summer when Ottawa acquired forward Derick Brassard from New York in exchange for forward Mika Zibanejad – both Brassard (2-6—8) and Zibanejad (1-3—4) led their clubs in scoring during the First Round.­

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Warmies® Cozy Plush Dog is the Perfect Dog Says Peachy Deegan! It Smells Like Lavender, Is a Motivating Workout Buddy and It Does Not Eat Her Shoes!

What is a warmie?
Is it going to warm you up by making you get on your elliptical and break a sweat because it saw exactly what you ate for dinner last night because this dog is smart and it read your review?
Even after a workout like that, this dog still smells beautiful and how many dogs can you say that about? Also this doggie does not eat Peachy's shoes or make a mess, and the panel agrees it is the ultimate in cozy. The design of the dog reminds us of Pound Puppies from many years ago, if you remember them, but it is even better as it is fragrant with lavender after a spin in the microwave.  We've found that putting a glass of water in the microwave for a minute first makes the smell of the warmie even more amazing.
I tried heating the Warmies for 90 seconds. This felt like the temperature of my heating pad on hot, great for adults but too hot for my children. I tried heating them for 60 seconds and it was the perfect temperature for snuggling- warm, but not hot. The warmth from a 60 second heating lasted approximately 2 hours.  
All the Warmies had a light, sweet lavender scent. While it was not overwhelming when snuggling, you could smell it when you walked by the plush.
The Warmies are great for car rides on a chilly night - just heat it up before you leave and let your child cuddle away.  
The Warmies are also good traveling companions. They allow you to bring a familiar, soothing scent wherever you go. This is great for kids who may need help adjusting to sleeping in an unfamiliar place. 
The dog was my favorite. I enjoyed its more 'floppy' quality. Because all of the paws were filled with the lavender, the scent was really dispersed throughout the dog. His long, soft ears are perfect for absent minded, fidgety fingers. He doubled nicely as a sleeping mask. He can also rest comfortably across the belly, a soothing heating pad for an upset stomach. Warmies are a winner in my house! We look forward to snuggle time with our new soothing friends.
I just wanted let you know that my wife LOVES the “Intelex” Cozy Plush Microwaveable animals. They are the coolest animals. We cannot get over how Cozy Plush they are. It’s a fully microwavable plush soft toy that can also be put in the freezer. Easy to use hot or cold…
It has a slight lavender flower scent when put in the Microwave. I can attest that that the Intelex Cozy Plush Microwaveable animals are very well made and come in many different animals. It’s a perfect gift for any child and any Holiday, Easter, Birthdays even Christmas.
A really nice product and I would recommend it. So if you’re interested in purchasing a Sheep, Frog, Puppy ,Wolf, Bunny or even a pig and so more to choose from visit the Intelex website or any major store… I think every baby shower gift should include a Intelex Cozy Plush toy! Wipe away their tears or plush away their fears. Cozy plush is always there...
We made great use of the kids' new Warmies last night! It was the perfect opportunity, really - a chilly spring night that might have required turning on the heat to take chill out of the house after bath time, but we warmed up the kiddos with Warmies, instead! While they brushed their teeth after bath time, I tossed the plush frog and husky into the microwave (one at a time!) and tucked them under the covers of the kids' beds. By the time they kissed daddy goodnight and climbed into bed, their beds were warmed up and there was a lovely smell of lavender in the air! Finally, a stuffed animal with purpose!!!

The Warmies® Cozy Plush Dog is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know!







Intelex was established in London in 1995 and began to manufacture, market, and distribute Hot Pak® Europe’s first ever fully microwavable wheat bag. Following the huge success of this innovative design, Intelex went on to invent Beddy Bear® the World’s first ever fully microwavable plush toy. With well over 10 million satisfied customers in over 40 countries, several awards for innovation, and an unblemished track record for safety spanning over 20 years, Intelex is truly the market leader in the heatable plush toy, home therapy and gift industry. 

What is a Warmie?

´ Warmies® are a very special plush toy that provides soothing warmth and comfort for all ages. Warmies are filled with all natural grain and French lavender. 

´ We use lavender because it has been proven for over 2,000 years to be soothing, relaxing, a great stress reliever, and an excellent aid to promote sleep.

´ Lavender is used in many infant bath and body lotions to calm and comfort small children.

´ Flaxseed has proven to be the perfect medium to absorb and hold heat for a long period of time.

´ Warmies meet and exceed all Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations as well as the ASTM standards for safety. 

The founder of Intelex, Philip Gannon, is an expert member on the British Standards Institute committee, and we are proud to say that Intelex quite literally sets the standard for safety within our industry.

How do you heat a Warmie?

´ All Warmies® carry heating instructions on both a swing tag and a sew in tag.

´ Depending on the microwave, our products are heated for between 1 – 2 minutes.

´ Only a microwave with a turntable should be used to heat a Warmie®.

´ Make sure the microwave is CLEAN!

´ By following the instructions and only reheating from room temperature, Warmies® can be heated hundreds of times.

Who can use Warmies?

´ Warmies® appeal to all ages and are safe for all ages.

´ Our Home Therapy Warmies® are great for adults who want a little pampering with a more contemporary feel.

´ Our animal Warmies® are perfect for kids and the young at heart.

´ Teenage girls love Warmies® for cramps.

´ Seniors find comfort from the warmth and soothing aroma 

´ Warmies® come in all shapes and sizes – we truly have a Warmie® for everyone! 

There’s a multitude of uses for our Warmies

Warmies® can be used in a variety of soothing & relaxing ways:

´ To relieve cold aching feet

´ To warm car seats

´ To help ease ear aches

´ For ‘centering’ children with autism and other special needs

´ A warm or chilled Warmie® can offer relief to back aches, muscle aches, & neck pain

´ To get that aroma therapy spa treatment feeling right at home

Relief from:

´ Migraines & headaches

´ Stomach pain, irritable bowl syndrome & menstrual cramps

´ Arthritis, bursitis & joint pain

´ Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

´ Flu, chills & sinus pressure

´ Colic

´ Teething infants (use chilled)

´ Insomnia, tension & stress

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Woody Guthrie Prize To Honor Norman Lear Annual award recognizes artists who embody the spirit of Woody Guthrie Lear to be honored at special GRAMMY Museum event May 12 in Los Angeles featuring a Q&A with Executive Director Bob Santelli and special performance by singer/songwriter Joel Rafael

Television producer, writer and activist Norman Lear has been named the fourth recipient of the annual Woody Guthrie Prize. Throughout his work bringing diverse voices to television as well as his personal fight for social justice causes, Lear has embodied the spirit and mission of Woody Guthrie. Lear will be recognized and presented with the award at an event on May 12, 2017, at the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE.

The Woody Guthrie Prize is given annually to an artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life work of Woody Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate through music, film, literature, dance or other art forms and serving as a positive force for social change in America. Lear is the first recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize whose work is in a medium other than music.

"Norman Lear's work as a television writer and producer broke barriers and challenged accepted social norms," said Deana McCloud, Executive Director of the Tulsa, Okla.-based Woody Guthrie Center. "An outspoken supporter of the First Amendment, his work as a political activist follows in Woody's footsteps by promoting diversity and equality. We are proud to be presenting Mr. Lear with the fourth annual Woody Guthrie Prize in honor of his outstanding work for social justice."

Through the programs Lear developed, including "All in the Family," "Sanford and Son," "Maude," and "The Jeffersons," the shared experiences of everyday Americans were brought into homes across the country and helped to guide national conversations. His shows depicted the struggles and triumphs of Americans through relatable and vivid characters, many of whom continue to hold a prominent place in pop culture. When Lear was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1999, then-President Bill Clinton said: "Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it."

Lear's work led him to earn four Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award, and induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame as one of the first of seven "television pioneers." Off screen, Lear's work for social justice was unbound. In 1981, Lear founded the People For the American Way and in 1989 he co-founded the Environmental Media Association and spoke out about issues related to the First Amendment. Currently, Lear is executive producing his second season of the Netflix original series, "One Day At Time," as well as, developing a handful of other projects under his company, ACT III Productions. His new podcast, "All of the Above with Norman Lear," will be launched via PodcastOne and available everywhere May 1.

The Woody Guthrie Center Presents Woody Guthrie Prize Honoring Norman Lear will take place Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the GRAMMY Museum's Clive Davis Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The evening will feature an intimate Q&A with Lear on his extraordinary career, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, and a special performance by American singer/songwriter and folk musician Joel Rafael. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at AXS.com beginning Thursday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. PST.

The GRAMMY Museum is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, Los Angeles, Calif., 90015. With an entrance off Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE district at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.

The Woody Guthrie Archives were brought to Tulsa by the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), which purchased them in 2011 from the Guthrie family. The foundation continues its commitment to Woody Guthrie Center through grant funding that makes the Woody Guthrie Prize possible. Currently in its fourth year, past recipients of the award include Kris Kristofferson (2016), Mavis Staples (2015) and Pete Seeger (2014). 

Proceeds from the Woody Guthrie Prize event help support the Woody Guthrie Center, a 12,000-square-foot center that features state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits on Guthrie's life, art and creative legacy. The center is home to Guthrie's comprehensive archives, including the original, handwritten version of Guthrie's landmark anthem, "This Land is Your Land," which is available for viewing at the center.

Woody Guthrie's songs celebrate the beauty and bounty of America and seek the truth about our country and its people. He turned complex ideas about democracy, human rights, and economic equality into simple songs that all American could embrace. Guthrie spoke for those who carried a heavy burden or had come upon hard times. His words gave a voice to their struggle, and his songs gave them hope and strength.

The Woody Guthrie Center opened in downtown Tulsa in 2013 and continues its work to preserve Guthrie’s legacy and life story and communicate the social, political, and cultural values found in the words and art of this famous Oklahoma son and visionary for social justice.

About The Woody Guthrie Center
The Woody Guthrie Center, opened on April 27, 2013, features state of the art exhibits, an extensive outreach and education program, and a concert series to bring his legacy to Tulsans and those who make the pilgrimage to what is a destination for Woody Guthrie fans worldwide.

The Center is more than a museum; instead, it is a center of investigation for inspiration. By providing examples of Guthrie’s ability to use his creativity as a way of expressing the world around him, we hope to encourage others to find their voices and, through their educational programs, explore the power that lies within the creative process. For more information, please visit www.woodyguthriecenter.org.


About George Kaiser Family Foundation
George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) is a charitable organization based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Type I 509(a)3 supporting organization of the Tulsa Community Foundation, dedicated to providing equal opportunity for young children in our community through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services, and civic enhancement. For more information, visit www.gkff.org.

About the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE
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The Kukaj brothers have another winner in Maria Pia, the third Manhattan restaurant owned by them we've visited.  We've visited each of the three once, all recently.
First we liked Cara Mia, the pioneer and first:
Then we discovered Serenata, the newest:
Maria Pia is quite similar to Cara Mia in cuisine but we liked the layout of the restaurant more.
We were extremely impressed with the winning salad we tried: Insalata della Casa.  Arugula, avocado, asparagus, boiled eggs, and mozzarella bocconcini (obviously our most favorite vegetable) were presented in a perfect arrangement.  Usually to be honest there is at least one ingredient we are picking out of a salad because of personal preference, but this one was ideal and we liked every single component.
A tantalizing appetizer that is terrific yet simplistic is the Antipasta Misto.  Less is more.  Sopressata, salame, coppa, cacciatorino, olives and parmesean cheese team up to whet your hungry appetite while you sip wine and look forward to the next course.  If you are coming in to sit at the bar you need to order this.
A mark of whether or not a restaurant knows what it is doing is the octopus test.  Maria Pia passed with their Polpo e Ceci: seared octopus, garlic, and sauteed chickpeas to create a most tender antipasti you'll enjoy.  Maria Pia opened in 2001 and is the second restaurant after Cara Mia of the Kukaj brothers.
Of course if we are going to recommend an Italian place you know it has to be strong in pasta, and we cannot overemphasize how the Italians outperform everyone else as a group, so for any new Italian place to be featured at all is quite a feat.
For our red pasta, we chose the classic Spaghetti con Polpette, reminiscent of Lady and the Tramp.  It was just right for Goldilocks Peachy-not too much pasta, the right amount of meatballs, perfect sauce, and overall a sophisticated dish that emanated the Italian quality we are looking for.  Obviously Peachy is no longer blonde in any way (see top right with Rita and Julian right now) but we are just using that as an expression meaning nothing was overdone or underdone, in case this is your first time reading and you have not had enough coffee to understand our humor.  Or humour, depending on where you sit.
An elevated choice is the Linguine alle Vongole, also a star of the menu.  We chose this for our white pasta and the succulent manila clams, garlic, and olive oil are terrific companions in a wonderful white wine sauce.  This will absolutely hit the spot and we were quite happy.
Our favorite dish at Cara Mia by about ten miles was this majestic Tagliata di Manzo.  It was so tender and flavorful it brought tears of happiness to our eyes, and we found that out after we had already been impressed with the winning presentation.  The grilled skirt steak was just perfectly sizzling and it positively reveled in the roasted peppers, arugula, cherry tomatoes and fingerling potatoes.   If you think you don't like meat, obviously you did not try this.
For our fish entree, we enjoyed the Spiedino di Gamberi: skewer shrimp, rice pilaf, and caper lemon sauce.  It was convincing and we adored the perfect spices and delicious shrimp.  The final touch of banana tart with chocolate gelato was amazing.  Though Maria Pia is unassuming hidden on a side street, its cuisine is front and center.
Maria Pia impressed us on our first visit and we look forward to seeing what brothers and owners Luan and Besim Kukaj do next.




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