Sunday, October 24, 2021

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Advice on Healthy Food Shopping, Prep and Planning

Dear iDeclutter,

I find I waste so much food during the course of a week. I buy so many groceries when I go shopping on Sunday with such good intentions of cooking full meals from scratch, but by Wednesday my husband and I say, “Let’s get takeout.” The fruits and veggies in my fridge go


Can Drug Addiction Cause Bipolar Disorder?

(Courtesy of RAC) Once called manic depression, bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that can severely disrupt a person’s life. Bipolar symptoms include extreme mood swings, emotional dysregulation and drastically shifting energy levels.

In this article, we’ll


Sidney Gussen’s ‘24/7’ Bar Mitzvah Project

In honor of Sidney Gussen’s bar mitzvah, he and his father, Adam Gussen, will be conducting a year of baking, cooking and selling specialty food items to raise funds for Chesed 24/7. Chesed 24/7 is a charity organization that provides constant care to the elderly, sick, disabled or any family in need of care.


Your Party, Your Style at Powerhouse Studios

When you walk into a celebration at Powerhouse Studios, you feel the energy before you turn on a light. That’s what’s most important for a bar or bat mitzvah party, said Lisa Messing, sales and banquet manager at Powerhouse Studios. When the formalities are over for the bar or bat mitzvah, they want to have a


SINAI Schools Releases Music Video, ‘Journeys’

(Courtesy of SINAI Schools) In honor of the new school year, and in conjunction with their High Holiday fundraising campaign, SINAI Schools has released a new original song and music video: “Journeys—A SINAI Music Video.” (


Blanche Buchwald Opens Wonder Kids Therapy Center in Bergenfield

With a masters degree in occupational therapy (OT) from NYU graduate school and more than 20 years of experience practicing OT, both in private practice and school settings, Blanche Buchwald is excited to introduce Wonder Kids Therapy Center, a state-of-the-art sensory gym in the heart of Bergenfield.


Designing Your Sukkah

Sukkot has always been my favorite holiday. Growing up in an apartment building, we never had a sukkah of our own, so we would always make the four-hour journey to my aunt and uncle. Even today, after years of not being in my aunt’s sukkah, I could still pick it out of a lineup purely from the smell of it.

There was always evergreen schach,


I Don’t Understand

Never did I claim to be a political columnist, nor did I ever pride myself on my knowledge of government. Yet I have difficulty understanding the latest most talked about current events.

(even beating out COVID). Who can explain to me what the Afghanistan situation is all about?


Permission Without Guilt

Many years ago, when Oprah Winfrey had a daily afternoon talk show, I happened to catch an episode about giving ourselves permission to use our best, most precious items ,without feeling any guilt. Oprah pointed out how people are unable to use things like fine china, their nicest tablecloths, their most expensive


Learn to Read, and Then Read to Learn

The past year has been challenging for all of us—children, parents and grandparents alike. However, any parent whose child has spent a significant time at home and out of school will testify that the challenge of trying to keep a child up to date with their education has proven particularly demanding. Parents were expected to be teachers


Everything You Never, Ever Wanted to Know About Lice

I bet you are getting itchy just reading the headline.

But since September is Lice Awareness Month, it seems only right to address the issue now.

Lice are parasitic insects that are generally found on people’s heads (but also, very rarely,


Don’t Waste an Opportunity

If my column was an episode of the sitcom “Friends,” this one would be called “The one about the organizer who collected a carful of hazardous waste.” What? Do my readers want to read about hazardous waste? Let’s define hazardous waste and you’ll understand why we do not want to toss it in with our

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