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Local Moving Servicing – Mission Possible



When you think of all the heavy and fragile items that you have to move, hiring a professional service can take an enormous amount of worries from your back. However, it won’t be reasonable if you don’t ensure you get the best value for your money, so it’ll definitely be a good idea to get a grip on a few tips first. 

What’s more, you surely don’t want to end up with scratches or dents on your furniture and home appliances so hiring local movers will in the least protect your belongings and will save you a huge amount of effort. 


To begin with, you’ll be surprised how many things we all manage to accumulate over the years, especially when you include all the personal belongings and items that need to be packed and moved. Of course, this is the perfect time for trimming down your possessions and throw away the ones that you don’t need anymore. To most, selling the items you don’t need or donating them can do wonders. “One man’s trash is another man’s come up”, as said in a famous song from the recent years.

Packing and unpacking

This part of the moving takes up a lot of time and energy. First of all, you’ll need as many cartons and boxes as you can find. You can sell them too after you’ve used them. Obviously, they have to be in good condition.


Usually, moving companies tend to charge extra if you ask for help with the packing. However, there are some movers that include the service withing the job, so if you have movers do the packing for you, expect a 25% to 30% addition to the cost of the move. Basically, you should be aware of the fact that prices vary according to the size of the project. In addition, it’s best advised that you label the boxes and indicate where each box is supposed to go in order to avoid the trouble of doing repeated work.


In the end, you’ll have to unpack everything. If you have labeled each box, you’ll save yourself a significant amount of time. However, you can also consider paying extra for the unpacking since it will still be a tedious and stressful task.

Useful Tips and Bits of Advice

Check the company’s experience in the field

First off, it’ll be hard to believe in the skills of a newborn moving company. Generally, if you want to hire professionals, then you should bet on a company with at least ten years of experience in the field. However, if you’re looking for a simple local move, then you should probably not pay too much attention to that. 

Look only for licensed and insured movers

Furthermore, an unlicensed company is a risky investment, especially when they aren’t insured. Most of the time, companies have websites where you can check whether they are licensed and insured. There, companies normally list their Department of Transportation licensing and insurance information.

Moving services offered

Basically, when paying someone you should know what you’re paying for. So if you have some special items that you need to be moved, maybe you should find local movers that have the required manpower or equipment. Of course, if anything, you should notify the specialist during the quotation for any special items, storage services, decluttering, cleanouts and etc. 

Go online

As expected, nowadays every service goes online and so do local moving services. You can now easily go online and read reviews from former customers. Usually, companies that have 4 stars and above are considered ideal to work with. What’s more, you can also check additional information about them, including their certification. A general rule of thumb is to look for the 3-star and 4-star reviews which can actually provide a more insightful review rather than the 5-star and 1-star reviews.

Check the company’s service area

Another important tip is to check whether the moving company actually works in your area. Most professionals have a map of areas that they service. After all, it won’t matter if a moving company has positive reviews if they don’t service your area.

Moving equipment

When talking about equipment, it’s highly advisable that you ensure working with real professionals. They are properly prepared at all times and even if they don’t have the proper equipment, they can rent it out for a single job. There are lots of national franchises that are heavily-equipped and they will effortlessly move your specialty items. However, you should always inquire about the equipment the company uses before hiring them to move your possessions.

National Moving Network

As mentioned above, national franchises have better resources at hand. Therefore, they have a higher chance of doing a good job. Of course, it’s always better to hire a local mover and spend less and it will actually make little to no difference if you don’t have anything extraordinary to move. On the other hand, if you need a long-distance or specialty move, then you would definitely have to hire a moving agent with better equipment.

Look for what best suits your needs

Last but not least, always look for what best suits your needs. Obviously, you are the one that has to choose how to do the moving so make sure you feel comfortable with your choice. For this reason, you should listen carefully to what the moving company can offer is vital. However, the goal is to move your belongings from point A to point B and pay a reasonable price. Always make your choice based on the factors that are the most important for you – price, area of servicing, equipment, time schedule, storage and etc. It may be a little tedious and stressful to choose the best company but it will certainly save you time, money as well as your items.

Final Thoughts

To conclude, the mission of moving your belongings from point A to point B has always been a challenge. However, when you take the proper amount of time to pick the right local movers to do the job for you, you have great results. If you happen to be in Singapore and looking for a high-quality online platform for local moving services, SGHomeNeeds provides the best-reviewed movers in the region as well as actual galleries of work and feedback. 


Beatles Brunch at City Winery Where Strawberry Fields Lives Forever



I was taken to City Winery by Eli Marcus for the Beatles Brunch with Strawberry Fields.
This show plays every Sunday with an unlimited brunch buffet that includes coffee, tea and juice, starting at noon. A bottomless brunch cocktail package is also available and children get in free. Here tourists mingle with New Yorkers, eating scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, dried out French toast, spicy potatoes with onions and peppers, perfectly done chicken, salad and fresh fruit. What is so nice, is that everyone seems happy to to be here, to see and hear the Fab Four.

Eli Marcus, Suzanna Bowling

The show starts off without fan fare. The lights dim and four men enter, not quite looking like the originals. Tony Garofalo (John Lennon), Billy J. Ray (Paul McCartney), Ira Siegel (George Harrison), and Michael Bellusci (Ringo Starr) and their costumes and wigs have seen better days. Then the music starts. You can watch one of our video’s here.

From the early hits like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Ticket To Ride” “Eight Days A Week” and more the first act is nostalgia at it’s best. It was adorable to watch the audience, especially the young ones “Twist and Shout.”

After a break in came the Sergeant Pepper era, clothing and all. From that we got “Nowhere Man,” “My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “When I’m 64,” “Penny Lane” and songs that dig into your soul. They are done well and the Beatles live again. You can see our video here.

Then the later songs like “I Am The Walrus” and “Don’t Let Me Down” end a show that is almost two hour long of music, that is classic. I have to admit I wanted to hear “Blackbird” and “Norwegian Wood,” but what you get is a  well rounded assortment of those songs that shaped several era’s.

Billy J. Ray, Ira Siegel

Ira Siegel stands out with his guitar playing that is out of this world. I really loved all the songs he sang as well.

Michael Bellusci

Michael Bellusci, gives Ringo a run for his money on the drums.

Tony Garofalo

Tony Garofalo is the founder, creator and producer playing rhythm and lead guitar and singing lead vocals along with Alan LeBoeuf from the original Beatlemania playing bass guitar. Ray looks the most like the Beatle he is playing.

Alan LeBoeuf, Ira Siegel

Alan LeBoeuf, Ira Siegel

Alan LeBoeuf

Strawberry Fields has been covering The Beatles for over three decades. They used to have a residency at B.B. Kings, but these days their home base is City Winery and it is definitely a great way to spend a Sunday. All four are consummate musicians and obviously have a love for what they do and that rubs off on their audience.

For a souvenir up a City Winery Strawberry Fields Rose Wine and have it signed by the cast. With its is its strawberry pink color, you get a combination of kiwi, watermelon and the taste of strawberry that lingers.

City Winery is right next to Little Island, Chelsea Market, The Highline, the Meatpacking district, Chelsea, and West Village. Everything is nearby to make a perfect outing for the whole day and this is one brunch where you definitely get your money’s worth. Click HERE for tickets

Tickets are $65.45

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A Fun Night at Dave and Buster’s 42nd Street



Thank-you again to Eli Marcus and the staff of Dave and Buster’s, at 234 West 42nd Street.

Eli Marcus

Eli was sending the concierge’s to the show The Shark Is Broken.

The producers of The Shark Must Be Broken, Eli Marcus and the general manager of Dave and Buster’s

There were lots of new friends to be made such as Carol Mennie, Caroline Rosado from the Hilton, Dinnella Collado from the Washington Square Hotel, Benjamin Maddy from Dave and Buster’s and Maddie of Benjamin Steakhouse Prime


This destination for sports enthusiasts, foodies, and arcade offers space, fun and some fabulous happy hour deals.

All across the multiple screens were football, basketball, and hockey games from across the sporting world. At the sports bar an impressive selection of drinks, including craft beers, signature cocktails await. I sampled some their tasty bites and was impressed.


Pretzel Dogs

To sooth your inner child air hockey and arcade games are waiting to be played.

Margarita and I playing for Make A Wish

If you are looking for entertainment they have a legendary Trivia Night with fantastic prizes.

Double Pepperoni Flatbread


BBQ Chicken Flatbread

This is actually a great place to throw your holiday parties.

Fire-Grilled Atlantic Salmon

Boneless Wings

Chocolate- and caramel-filled churros with chocolate and salted caramel dipping sauces.

I am so glad the Mayor of Times Square invited me to his event.

Margarita Parlionas and Eli Marcus

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Book Reviews

We’re Here to Help – When Guardianship Goes Wrong



This happened to Britney Spares, as well as Frances Rappaport, Libra Max  and countless other loved ones who became victimized by a system that was supposed to protect them.
Diane Dimond uses compelling stories of real people, like Frances Rappaport, Libra Max and countless others to pull back the curtain on a guardianship system shrouded in secrecy, where power, greed and influence all too often intersect with devastating consequences.
 A powerful book.

-Kent Walz, attorney & journalist

Diane Dimond’s book on the scourge of abusive adult guardianships is coming out very soon. It only took her 8 long years of investigation and countless interviews with affected people to get to the bottom of this extremely flawed part of the justice system.

People who have lived through this nightmare knows first hand what this “protective” part of the court system can do to rip apart families. But because it’s such a secretive system few Americans realize that they – or someone they love – could be guardianized without warning. It’s not just Britney Spears – up to 2 million people currently live under guardianship/court control.

All it takes is for someone (a vindictive relative, a greedy business partner, a former lover, even a landlord) to file a guardianship petition with the court saying someone is not competent to care for themselves. The judge usually agrees – often without ever seeing the targeted person – and the guardianship is established. Judges routinely appoint a total stranger as guardian to make all life decisions for the new “ward of the court.” All their civil rights are stripped away and, suddenly, the person has no say in their own life –they can’t even hire their own lawyer to fight it. There are many more horrific aspects to this “justice” system and Ms. Dimond spells it all out in the book.

We’re Here to Help – When Guardianship Goes Wrong not only reveals the predatory nature of the system (which controls a collective $50 billion in ward’s money every year!) but also tells what to look out for. It provides a guide for readers to protect themselves and those they love.

Diane Dimond is the author of four books including the upcoming, “We’re Here to Help: When Guardianship Goes Wrong, published by Brandeis University Press, released Sept. 19, 2023


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Voices: Stars for Foster Kids



On September 18th at 7:00 PM at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Voices: Stars for Foster Kids a musical benefit for You Gotta Believe, a NYC organization specializing in helping older foster youth find permanent, loving families will take place. Hosted by SiriusXM’s Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, expect a plethora of Broadway stars and performers, who will come together to celebrate the power of love and family.

Performers include; Rosie Perez, Bellamy Young, Ta’ Nika Gibson, Charlotte d’Amboise and Terrence Mann, Sharon Catherine Brown, Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould, Krysta Rodriguez, Anika Larsen, Norm Lewis, Gracie McGraw, Patina Miller, Brenda Braxton

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NYFW: Runway Of Dreams A Fashion Revolution That Inspires Part 2



Disabled people constitute the largest minority group in the world, yet are the most underserved and underrepresented.Shopping for clothes is challenging enough, but for anyone whose body falls outside the norm, it is next to impossible. Disabled people hold a lot of power, and it is about time that they are represented with apparel that makes them feel confident with adaptive designs  that can empower people with disabilities. Big names such as Tommy Hilfiger’s disability-friendly collection, which includes adaptive features like Velcro closures, magnetic buttons and adjustable hems and Nike’s Go FlyEase shoe, marks the first hands-free sneaker ever made.

Yesterday we wrote about one of the most inspiring events I have ever attended. A Fashion Revolution featured adaptive and universally designed apparel, footwear, and products from: Zappos, Kohl’s, Target, JCPenney, Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, Stride Rite, Steve Madden, French Toast Adaptive, adidas, and the runway debut of Victoria’s Secret and PINK’s first-ever Adaptive Intimates showcased on 70 models, with varying disabilities and backgrounds, in addition to loved ones, caregivers and support animals.

Runway of Dream or RoD, raises awareness through large scale runway shows, but can you image…we all have to get dressed every day and when there are no clothes that make you feel wanted, that has to do something to your self worth. Despite fashion’s rallying cries for inclusion, it seems that only applies to race, gender, sexuality, age, size, and religion, but rarely to one’s abilities. If you have limited use of your arms or  a pant that would work for someone with a prosthetic.

Fashion should be everybody’s right and this was a night to be celebrated.

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