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A Cakery Comes to Harlem

Lee & Marie's Cakery Company

I had just finished a light meal and was waiting at a bus stop, thinking, “Maybe I should have ordered dessert.” As I turned around to peruse the surrounding area, right before my eyes was an image of a cake above a Mission Statement.  My curiosity (and craving) lured me into Lee & Marie’s Cakery Company.  Yes, my wishes had come true.

cupcakesMini Cakes Mini cakes, cupcakes, dessert cups, tarts, and more were within reach.  Showing great restraint, I postponed placing an order, as I was quite interested in the concept behind the goodies.

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Anna, the manager, enthusiastically explained that the owner, Andrea Travaglia, operates another shop in Miami that successfully employs individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Andrea’s Mission Statement emphasizes awareness, understanding, and compassion for those diagnosed with ASD. However, her efforts go beyond general education as noted by Andrea’s objective to create jobs and employ adults with ASD. She matches each person’s skill level with an appropriate job.

Lee and Marie’s NYC location just opened last Monday in East Harlem. Named after two grandmother’s, there are two full-time bakers and several staff members. Along with the mini assortments, the company produces full-sized desserts and operates a catering business for all occasions.

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The upbeat atmosphere exemplifies the words posted above the kitchen doorway, “Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn.”

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Be sure to check out this new business and support a worthy cause. You won’t be disappointed.

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Lee & Marie’s Cakery Company

451 East 116th St. & Pleasant Ave.

New York, NY 10129

212-996-4900

 

 

Is the Lyn-Genet Plan On Your Plate?

Roast Chicken with Apricot Sauce

When my friend asked me to meet him at the 5 and Diamond Restaurant on Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem, I just assumed it would be a chance to catch up over a nice meal.  As I entered the restaurant, I suddenly realized that there was a special event occurring but I was completely unaware of the contents.  In one of those “Now what am I going to do?” moments, it became apparent that leaving would be awkward but staying might mean enduring a lecture type evening after a long day of work.  To my surprise and delight, the subject matter happened to be of great interest to me.

Lyn-Genet Recitas, Executive Director of Nutrition, of The Lyn-Genet Plan, presented an interesting and informative approach to weight loss, health, and reversing the aging process. There were numerous concepts and examples given during the presentation but what stood out in my mind was the idea that food often promoted as being “healthy” among the general population could, in fact, be a “reactive food” thus inducing an inflammatory response in others.  This reaction has an overall effect on your health.

Mixed Salad Greens

Ms. Recitas’ approach was not an all-encompassing diet plan marketed for the masses but rather an individualized assessment to identify acceptable food and eliminate reactive food specific to each person’s needs.  Her ideas may be of interest to those people who have attempted to address health issues solely through radical diets and/or medication—each having its own side effects.

Vegetable Timbale

The bonus in the evening was a lovely three-course meal consisting of a Carrot Soup Shooter, Mixed Salad Greens, Vegetable Timbale, Roast Chicken, Lamb Shepherd’s Pie, or Red Snapper, and a Berries, Chocolate, and Whipped Cream dessert.  All items were prepared by the 5 and Diamond Restaurant utilizing a variety of herbs and spices and minimizing the use of sodium. Owners of the 5 and Diamond Restaurant plan to open The Harlem Pearl, located on 112th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Followers of the Lyn-Genet Plan will be able to purchase her 4-Day Detox meals on a “to go” basis.

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I have not had a personal experience with Ms. Recitas’ Plan but feel that her program warrants further investigation.  For a more in-depth explanation, go to http://lyngenet.com/the-plan/, to assist in formulating your own opinion.

The Plan

153 Main St.

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

www.lygenet.com

Email: theplan@lyngenet.com

twitter@lyngenet 646.330.4769

 

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Health Care Services In Harlem

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Community Healthcare Network Helen B. Atkinson Health Center

By Icare4Harlem

Anyone who has gone without medical insurance knows that to see a physician, dentist, or any other medical professional can be a costly experience. Often the uninsured/underinsured simply go without routine preventative care which can lead to life threatening events. The Community Healthcare Network provides medical services at the Helen B. Atkinson (HBA) Health Center, east of Lenox Ave. on 115th St., in Central Harlem. A wide range of services is offered at this center. Patients are able to receive Primary Care, HIV Care, Mental Health Care, Social Services, Health Education, Nutrition Services, Dental Care, Podiatry Services, Reproductive Health Care, and Services for Teens.

The Community Healthcare Network is a not-for-profit organization with several locations throughout New York City. The health centers allow patients to receive care regardless of immigration status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or ability to pay. The commitment to meet the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care is apparent as you notice posters offering translation services in numerous languages. The Network also ensures that the staff reflects the diversity within the community.

Dr. Sheree Morgan, DMD

Recently I had a chance to experience dental services at the HBA Health Center. I was able to see Dr. Sheree Morgan, DMD. She had a warm, jovial, and professional manner that put you at ease from the moment she asked the proverbial question, “When was your last dental visit?” At one time I did not have dental coverage so I sheepishly admitted that I was overdue for a check-up–no punitive remarks or glaring eyes as Dr. Morgan proceeded with the examination. I would also like to note that her assistant was very efficient. My x-rays were available before Dr. Morgan finished cleaning my teeth. During the procedure, I found out that Dr. Morgan had a previous career as a chemist. Patients at the HBA Health Center should feel confident that Dr. Morgan is not only competent in dentistry but also understands the chemical interactions of the medications used in her line of work.

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Community Healthcare Network

Helen B. Atkinson Health Center

81 West 115th St.

New York, NY 10026

212-426-0088

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Harlem Welcomes Timberly

Timberly Leite - Innovative Therapy Solutions

By Icare4Harlem

The grand opening of Innovative Therapy Solutions was a huge success as seen by the numerous attendees, sounds of children enjoying educational toys, and concerned parents excited about the availability of Speech Therapy services in Harlem.

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Timberly Leite, New York State Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner/Director of Innovative Therapy Solutions, has brought to Harlem a much needed service to address the speech therapy needs of children ages birth to 21. Traditionally, therapy is delivered in the school/preschool settings, through home programs via approved providers, hospitals, clinics, or rehabilitation centers. Often there are waiting lists and parents travel long distances to obtain this necessary service.  So having Timberly in the neighborhood is truly a welcomed addition.

   

Innovative Therapy Solutions is not limited to speech therapy. Timberly also provides evaluations, parent education courses, and the ability to purchase therapy materials to ensure carryover outside of the formal therapy setting. Future services include adding Occupational and Physical Therapy.

At the onset of meeting Timberly, one immediately senses the warm and caring concern emanating from this creative professional. She brings to Harlem experience, energy, and a desire to meet the local speech therapy needs.

Wishing Timberly much success in her new endeavor!

Innovative Therapy Solutions

2236 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. BLVD (between 131st & 132nd)

New York, NY 10027

646-406-2765

www.ny-speechtherapy.com