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Ambler Summer Harvet Dinner

August 18th, 2010

Trax Restaurant & Cafe in Ambler

AMBLER, PA — Trax Restaurant & Cafe, a cozy BYOB with outside seating in the

old Ambler train station, will host its first-ever Summer Harvest Dinner on Wednesday, August 25.

Chef/owner Steven Waxman has created a special 4-course menu featuring local produce

from Maple Acres Farm, of Plymouth Meeting, and pasture-raised meat from Rineer Family Farms

in Lancaster County. Each course will be paired with a fresh, seasonal cocktail by Mixologist Tom

Pittakas (formerly of Alison two). The farmers, chef and mixologist will host the dinner and

mingle with guests.

Summer Harvest Dinner
4-course menu with seasonal cocktail pairings

1st course:
Gazpacho with Jumbo Shrimp

2nd course:
Farm Fresh Vegetable Lasagna

3rd course:
NY Strip Steak with Locally-Grown Oven Roasted Garlic & Tomatoes, Fried Onions & Peppers

4th course:
Grilled Peaches with Raspberry Honey & Chantilly Cream

Seating will be available both inside the restaurant and outside alongside Trax’s lush flower and vegetable garden. The 4-course dinner is $60 per person; $90 with the refreshing & creative cocktail
pairings, plus tax and gratuity. Limited space available. Reservations necessary. For reservations,
call 215/591-9777.

Trax Restaurant & Café is a neighborhood gem serving tastefully American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, organic ingredients. In the old Ambler train station – restored & opened by Chef/Owner Steven Waxman in 1998. Outside dining in its award-winning garden. Three-course prix fixe dinner available Tuesday through Friday from 4:30-6 p.m. Lunch served Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dinner served Tuesday through Saturday 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Chef Steven Waxman
Trax Café & Restaurant
27 West Butler Pike
Ambler PA 19002
215/591-9777

Why are Americans reacting so strongly to Jet Blue Attendant?

August 13th, 2010

Health And Wellness

The basic emotions: Happy, Sad, Angry, Excited and Fearful are experienced from the second half of our first year of living until the day we pass away. While we experience these emotions, sometimes as a flood to our system, our ability to process and cope with them is another thing. That is a skill that we are taught by our caregivers. Unfortunately the opportunity to express emotional distress is rarely afforded to men. We, as a society socialize them to believe they need to be stoic, strong and independent with the ability to unconditionally cope with their feelings on their own. However, in the climate in which most of us live currently, the skills of coping and processing how we feel is not being taught or encouraged to anyone, putting men in even more of a deficit to learning or being exposed to this skill set. As we experience job insecurity, financial crises, and home loss, all of this leads to emotional stress which results in everyone being a little more edgy and ha!
ving a lack of knowledge on how to handle it.
The question that is consistently being asked is “What do I do with how I feel?” Nobody knows what to do with the negative emotions. When we bury them or try to hide them, it marinades internally which is never a positive thing. The Jet Blue attendant is a reflection of what happens when this occurs. His anger, frustrations, possible disappointment and feelings of being overwhelmed finally came to a head and exploded. As a culture this speaks to us because these are emotions that most of us are experiencing daily without a working knowledge of what to do in the aftermath of having the feelings. So, we turn to things that are familiar but not necessarily healthy like emotional eating or emotional drinking for comfort. While this may fix the hurt in the short term, it doesn’t remedy anything in the long term. Typically it results in intensified feelings of guilt, disappointment, sadness and weight gain. These are standard ways people, particularly men handle their emot!
ional distress.
So, what can we do to cope with our distress? There are many things that can be done. Some of which may appear to be cliché, but in reality they are very helpful aids in coping with life distress:
1. Journaling: Writing down our thoughts and feelings is not something that just women do. Everybody can do it and benefit from the experience. It’s an opportunity to express thoughts and feelings that are personal. One may decide to share if they choose, but it’s not necessary. The most important component is the purging of emotions.
2. Exercise: A fifteen minute brisk walk, dancing, a quick jog, kickboxing whatever will get you moving. While your pulse rate may be going up, your stress levels will be coming down.
3. Use your Senses as a guide: Think about the everyday comforts of life and use this as a guide to help with coping. Do you like smell flowers; then pick a bouquet for yourself. Does listening to music bring you calm; then make a calming CD. Do you like to play in the sand; then create a small Zen garden. It’s really a matter of thinking about the simple experiences that bring joy and making sure to incorporate them into a routine of self care.
4. Time Management: With the roles and expectations that either we have for ourselves or that other people have for us, it’s imperative to create a space within the day that is solely for self care. Even if it’s only for 20 minutes, that time can become critical to rejuvenating yourself and making sure you can follow through with the remainder of the tasks or expectations required of you.

About the Author:
Erika Evans-Weaver, LMFT holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from LaSalle University, a Master’s Degree in Human Sexuality from Widener University and is a current doctoral student at Widener University for Human Sexuality. She is an Adjunct Professor at some of the local Universities, has a private practice in Flourtown, PA and is Co-Founder of Ourhealthllc.com, a health media and consulting firm. She writes as a sex expert on Sexualhealth.com and is Regional Director of Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Ambler Main Street’s 14th Annual Dog Days of Summer

July 22nd, 2010

Saturday August 7th 2010 9:30 A.M.- 11:30 P.M.

Calling all Dog Lovers. We are ready for the 14th Annual Dog Days of Summer. The event will be held on Saturday August 7th (rain or shine indoor facilities available) at the (SAAC) Senior Adult Activity Center located at 45 Forest Ave. Ambler, Pa. 19002. Registration beginning at 9:30 A.M. There will be peer judging by participants after the Parade of pooches. Leash friendly Dogs only.

9:30 A.M. Registration/Check-In

10:00 A.M. Parade

10:30 A.M. Judging

11:00 A.M. Awards

11:30 A.M. Take your dog to lunch at outdoor seating restaurants: KC’s Alley, From of the Boot, Shanachie Pub, Dettera, Finn McCools, Trax Café, Totto’s Gelateria & Caffe, Caffe Maida, Cone Heads, Zina’s Grill, Saffron Indian Kitchen, Sweet Bytes, Touch of the Old Country, Giuseppe’s Restarant, Fireside Bar & Grill.

The judging catagories will be: 1) “Sweetest Pooch” 2) Best Dressed 3) Best Group 4) Most Unusual 5) Looks most like owner 6) Most Vocal 7) Best stupid pet trick 8) Ms. Congeniality 9) Mr. Congeniality 10) Best in show

Organized by Bonnie Samean & Kenny Hanson Co-Chairs

SAAC will hold their Annual Peach Festival and Vendors will be set up inside the parking lot of the event location.

Registration fee is $5.00 by 7/30/10. Day of show $10.00

Proceeds benefit the SPCA & SAAC Center

Ambler Light

July 14th, 2010

The Ambler EAC is following the lead of other local municipalities (namely Montgomery and Upper Dublin) to identify which street lights could be turned off, which should be left on, and which can be put on a programmable timer. The borough can expect an immediate energy savings reducing our carbon footprint along with electrical cost savings supporting the annual municipal budget.

If you would like to help with the project, please contact Susan Curry through the borough office.

ANNUAL AMBLER KIWANIS CARNIVAL

June 20th, 2010

JUNE 29TH STARTS THE ANNUAL AMBLER KIWANIS CARNIVAL AT WISSAHICKON HIGH SCHOOL

THE CARNIVAL CONCLUDES WITH A FIREWORKS DISPLAY
ON SATURDAY JULY 3RD!

Ft. Washington School Of Rock at the Ambler Auto Show

May 17th, 2010




Ft. Washington School Of Rock performing at the Ambler Auto Show. [Video / .MP4]

Animal and Nature Exhibit in Ft. Washington

May 11th, 2010

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
At Scoogis Classic Italian
738 Bethlehem Pike
Fort Washington, PA

6:45 – 7:15 PM – Show Only, all items on display.
7:15 – 8:00 – Sales begin, buyers may remove items. Free Samples and Free Gifts with sale, while supplies last.
8:00 – Hors dâ Oeuvres – Fresh fruit, assorted cheeses, crackers, and Tomato pies.
8:30 – Raffle, $5 ticket buys a chance at both the grand prize and consolation prize.
10PM – Show closes

Come out and see the award winning animal and nature photography that everyone is talking about. See the pictures that have received best photo votes from over 35 different countries, and have received 20 top 3 photo contest finishes in just 10 months.

Ambler Auto Show

April 27th, 2010

The 14th Annual Ambler Auto Show is coming to Butler Avenue:
Sunday May 16th
Noon – 5pm.

There is still time to register your vehicle or become a trophy sponsor.

Attack by Roman Catholic Archdiocese

April 23rd, 2010

Pastor of Saint Miriam Responds to Attack by Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Blue Bell, PA — April 23, 2010: On April 14th 2010, The Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Sullivan, Vicar for Clergy for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, sent an email (see below) to all clergy of their diocese regarding my parish of Saint Miriam and our associate pastor, (The Rev.) Father Harry Richards. In it, Father Sullivan claims that we are a schismatic church and that Father Richards has no ability to function as a priest. He further suggested that the parishes of the diocese might wish to print the narrative in their weekly bulletin to clear confusion and that would be helpful for the people of your parish to be informed of this matter. We concur completely.

It is of note that we are also pleased that Father Sullivan called us a church. This is especially enlightening since in 2007, Pope Benedict declared the primacy of the Roman Church, stating that, Christ ‘established here on earth’ only one church,” and that other Christian communities “cannot be called ‘churches’ in the proper sense” since they don’t have what’s known as apostolic succession  that is, the ability to trace their bishops back to the original 12 apostles of Jesus. He went on to say that “Christ ‘established here on earth’ only one church,” reasserting the primacy of his church over others. Therefore, since Pope Benedict declared that other Christian communities “cannot be called ‘churches’ in the proper sense” (Ref: http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56612) and since Father Sullivan called us a church, schismatic at that, at least we are making progress. Additionally, we wonder if an Orthodox Catholic or even a Protestant church opened, would the diocese go to so much trouble in their attempts to discredit their mission, too?

While the Philadelphia Diocese has no jurisdiction, there are a few issues we still disagree with, and since this memo has now been published in several churches, we feel it our right to respond publically:

First, Father Richards priesthood is not determinative upon Romes recognition. The archdiocese is simply angry that one of their own priests has left their fold to follow his conscience and serve his priesthood in a loving and caring community of God. In June 2009, their own leader, Pope Benedict, declared the year of the priest. He stated that without the priest, there would be no Eucharist, no mission or even a church. Perhaps the pontiff would remind the archdiocese and himself that Jesus was not a Catholic priest, nor was Jesus a Roman Catholic. In fact, Jesus was not Catholic at all, he was a Jew.

The clericalism that has risen since the Resurrection has resulted in many sad divisions within the greater church and the church at Rome seems bent on its continuing. Father Richards incardinated into the Old Catholic Church and, therefore, does not need any Roman authority to function as a priest. His priesthood is of God, not the Church at Rome. The archdioceses declaration that he is not able to participate in a Roman Catholic Church would be the same as saying he cannot celebrate the Eucharist within a Methodist Church! His priesthood is intact and valid and under the authority of our Archbishop within the Old Catholic Church.

Second, it might serve us to note that the Old Catholic Church split from the Church at Rome after Vatican I when the church, in another moment of self-serving and self-righteousness, declared the pontiff infallible in 1871. This term, Old Catholic, was first used in 1853 to describe the members of the See of Utrecht who, as with all of the earliest of Catholic communities, did not recognize any claimed ‘infallibility. As the groups that split from Rome in the 1870s had no bishop, they joined Utrecht forming the Union of Utrecht. Our church continues that tradition and lineage. Therefore, we are what Father Sullivan claims, separated from the Roman Church and proud that we are so.

Thirdly, we find it ironic, if not even a little sad, that with all that is currently ugly and under investigation within their Roman Church, that they would find it necessary, or even have the time, to attempt to thwart our mission of love and care. Is it not biblical that one should remove the log from ones own eye, before attempting to gouge out the splinter from anothers? The Roman Catholic Church might well be better served if its leaders would concentrate on what is wrong with their church before trying to harm another church that has not, in its history, ever harmed a child, nor had even an allegation of abuse let alone tried to thwart their vision of church.

The Roman Church continues to present itself as the only Catholic Church. The below memo continues this unpleasant truth of their own arrogance and falsehoods. It believes that it controls all things Catholic. Pride is such an ugly sin. As long as Rome continues to believe that they have a lock on the word Catholic and the word Church, we all suffer; their people suffer. It is time that others know the truth.

The Eucharist, mission, and even the Church existed long before the priesthood, and certainly long before anyone ever thought of the Roman Catholic Church. Maybe it is time we all grow up and get back to the work of serving God and Gods people?

Saint Miriam has two main services each week, Thursday at 6:30PM and Sundays at 10:30 AM. They also honor the Rosary on Thursdays at 6:00PM and a monthly Charismatic prayer group. The services are Catholic, but inclusive and inspiring with a mix of music from old and new, modern touches and incense smoke that finally warms the heart, as well as the senses!

Wissahickon High School Wins Robotics Award

April 21st, 2010

“Team 341 “Miss Daisy” of Ambler, Pa., won the Chairman’s Award, the highest honor given at the FRC Championship, recognizing the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.”

ATLANTA, GA — Twenty thousand FIRST ® supporters – mentors, students, volunteers, sponsors and fans – gathered this weekend at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to experience the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, the ultimate heart-pounding, highenergy celebration of science and technology. The 19th annual FIRST Championship culminated in a frenzied final round of robotic matches when teams from Redondo Beach, Calif., Milford, Mich., and South Windsor, Conn., emerged victorious as the winning FIRST® Robotics Competition alliance. FIRST founder, inventor Dean Kamen, presented this award and a list of others, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined Kamen in presenting the 2010 FIRST Dean’s List Award.

“Over the past few days in Atlanta, we have had the opportunity to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers,” said Kamen. “This is increasingly important as we try to build momentum in the U.S. to fuel a robust talent pipeline of innovative 21st century STEM professionals. For the thousands of young problemsolvers who participated in the FIRST Championship, we caught a glimpse of the great things that are in store when these students tackle greater challenges in years ahead.” Another noted technologist, Bill Gates, sent a special video offering encouragement and congratulations to all competitors at the FIRST Championship.

FIRST is a not-for-profit that celebrates science and technology via robotics competitions worldwide. The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization inspires young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that encourages innovation, and that foster self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

The FIRST Community continues to grow with more than 212,000 students, 90,000 volunteers, thousands of alumni, and more than 3,500 sponsors. This year’s event marked the highest level of participation since FIRST began in 1992 in a New Hampshire high school gymnasium with one level of competition. FIRST now offers three distinct and challenging levels of competitions. Following are descriptions of each competition and winners:

FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION (FRC) CHAMPIONSHIP
High-school student teams built their robots from a kit of hundreds of parts in six weeks. More than 340 teams competed in “Breakaway™,” a soccer-like game to climb obstacles and score goals against their opponents. The Winning Alliance of the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship was: Team 294, “Beach Cities Robotics,” Redondo Beach, Calif.; Team 67, “The HOT Team,” Milford, Mich.; Team 177, “Bobcat Robotics,” South Windsor, Conn., from the Newton Division.

Team 341 “Miss Daisy” of Ambler, Pa., won the Chairman’s Award, the highest honor given at the FRC Championship, recognizing the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.