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Operation BBQ Relief In Port Charlotte, Florida Responding to Hurricane Ian.

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Armed with a caravan of cooks, mobile pits, kitchens and volunteers, Operation BBQ Relief delivers the healing power of BBQ in times of need, feeding first responders and communities affected by natural disasters

Operation BBQ Relief has been deployed to feed victims and first responders. This is a massive deployment of semi-trucks, tents, and equipment. Church and civic groups can call and request meals “in bulk” to be picked up as well after calling hotline. Individual meals are being served at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte.

Operation BBQ Relief is scheduled to cook upwards of 60,000 meals daily with the setup of the size of two football fields in Port Charlotte, FL.  They plan to serve meals for at least 2 weeks as over one million homes are still without power. To support or volunteer go to https://operationbbqrelief.org/

All bulk meal orders need to be in increments of 50. These are bulk meals. We do not supply clamshells or utensils. Operation BBQ Relief does not provide individual meals at the cook site to ensure the safety of our volunteers and maintain the flow of traffic when bulk meals are picked up for distribution.

To support or volunteer go tohttps://operationbbqrelief.org/

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  • Operation BBQ Relief has meals they are serving Port Charlotte; Fort Meyers, Bradenton, and other surrounding cities.
  • Operation BBQ Relief  has brought semi-trucks, RV’s, tents, and equipment and have a set up upwards the size of two football fields.
  • We have the capacity with all our equipment operating to serve 60,000 hot meals each day. Our team is comprised of world champion pitmasters and chefs so the food is delicious and nutritious.
  • BBQ brings feelings of comfort and hope as one of America’s favorite pastimes.
  • They serve first responders and communities in need.
  • They have a warehouse in Tampa, staff members throughout Florida, and staff and volunteers throughout the country that have deployed to Florida to share the healing power of BBQ.
  • To volunteer or donate, visit www.OBR.org

Individual Meals served daily at noon each day:

Charlotte Sports Park

(spring training site for MLB team, TB Rays)

2300 El Jobean Rd.

Port Charlotte, FL 33948

If your organization, church, school or neighborhood is in need of bulk meals (50 servings or more), please call our food hotline at: 386-222-2756.

Operation BBQ Relief Background

  • Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May 2011 in response to a need for tornado relief efforts in Joplin, MO.
  • Competitive pitmasters from eight different states answered the call to feed displaced families and first responders.
  • Together, they were able to serve over 120,000 meals in a thirteen-day period following the Joplin tornado. This experience of building a network to feed individuals in need has been the inspiration for Operation BBQ Relief.
  • To date, Operation BBQ Relief has provided 9.5 million meals throughout the United States and internationally following natural disasters and through The Always Serving Project, benefiting the homeless, first responders, veterans, and members of the military
  • Over 4.5 million meals served in response to COVID-19
  • We have deployed over 80 times since 2011 when we showed up to help after Joplin, Missouri was decimated by a tornado.

Last deployment:Hazard, Kentucky (Flooding) / 129,664 meals over 31 days.

On July 28th devastated communities across several counties.  Operation BBQ Relief was immediately on the ground less than 24 hours after the flood to meet with local officials to assess need, survey sites, and determine safety for the Operation BBQ Relief team to arrive. Behind the scenes, Operation BBQ Relief was in constant communication with local, state, and national agencies to strategically serve the hard hit areas.  It’s a herculean effort.

We are grateful for the volunteers from 24 states that helped us serve 98,464 meals over 27 days in Eastern Kentucky.  We love hearing from our new friend Veronica about the impact of sharing the healing power of BBQ. Turn up the volume and listen to Veronica as she beautifully highlights why our mission is so important.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Duomo 51 Hit or Miss With a Great View

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Are you looking for a summer rooftop terrace with a view of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center?Duomo 51 is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Finding the restaurant is not the easiest as there is no sign outside, as of yet. Duomo 51 is located on the seventh floor of the DoubleTree Hotel directly across the street from Rockefeller’s Center.

You take the elevator to get up there and it is under renovation and dirty, but once the elevator opens there is an expansive dining room that leads into the glass-enclosed terrace, with views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The terrace features a retractable roof and heaters. On either side will be cocktail bars and chairs that over look Rockefeller Center.

Duomo 51, opened a month ago and it really needs time to get the kinks out. The terrace is not finished and seems a little sterile. The servers are not exactly trained. When my first server poured my water, he got more on my phone, glasses and table and then walked away without cleaning it up. When I asked for a paper napkin he reached over and took the cloth napkin and didn’t even wipe the top which would have had more water flying, until I asked. Thankfully I ordered a drink and that was perfection. Lost in Rome ($20) is Vodka served with a blueberry Puree, lime, mint and ginger beer served in a shaker.

The menu is Tuscan-Italian inspired, so for appetizers we started out with Burrata ($20) with tri colored Herman’s tomato’s lightly glazed with balsamic and olive oil. The Burrata melted in your mouth and was delicious with the sun-dried tomato olive oil served with the bread. Delicious.

The fabulous olive oil with sun-dried tomato’s

We also had the Gamberi al Brandy ($25) grilled shrimp with cannellini beans, fresh tomatoes, and cognac sauce, but the sauce is non existent, so basically grilled shrimp with beans, that lacked flavor. Yeah for the delicious olive oil infusion.

I ordered a Malbec, Aymara ($15) that had a nice balance and body.

For our main course we shared the handmade pasta Carbonara style ($27) Spaghetti here is served with organic egg, pecorino cheese, smoked pancetta and ground pepper is offered. When the cheese was served it was not freshly ground and the dish lacked peas and had too much salt, so nice but not great.

We also ordered Dover Sole (MP) prepared table side. This delightful fish was lightly sautéed and was served in a lemon sauce, but not enough of it. Also though the fish was deboned, it was not served to us. They offer the wrong utensil, so when serving myself the fish slid off the spoon, but the dish itself was something I would order again.

For dessert homemade Ice Cream with warm berries ($12) and a homemade Panna Cotta with fresh berries ($12). Both of these were truly wonderful. My guest had a cappuccino ($6) with a heart on top, as well. It was a terrific ending.

Duomo 51 offers elegant private event spaces with many different attractive setups based on the size of the party and occasion and you can have a party up to 130.

The lavatory/bathroom is located down a flight of long basement stairs and is not so clean. Also on the elevator down there is no L button instead you have to push G for ground. All 6 of us in the elevator thought that stood for garage. Still there is much to admire about Duomo 51 and look forward to trying them again in another couple of months. However if you are planning an Easter brunch, this just might be the perfect place for Brunch.

Duomo 51: 25 W 51st St., 7th Floor

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Hoodwinked from Heaven Looks At Alzheimer’s

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Hoodwinked from Heaven makes its NYC debut at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton’s Symphony Space, 250 W 95th Street on Sunday, May 7, 2023 @ 3:00 PM

Elisa Brown wrote Hoodwinked from Heaven for her late father Bill who suffered with Alzheimer’s. In this heart-warming, knee slapping, one woman show, Elisa kicks up her heels and spins some Tall Texas tunes and tales inspired by true family stories. This show celebrates the deeply American music that kept Elisa’s family alive with hope and laughter and continues the legacy of her father’s character and love.

Originally trained as a classical singer, Elisa’s  has been thrilling audiences around the globe for decades. She sings a wide range of vocal styles – from country to pop to Spanish musical theater and opera. Elisa now  takes her to solo performances on Off-Broadway, The Bitter End, and Carnegie Hall, as well as to concert venues in South America, Spain, and China, and onwards. She had her own show on PBS, The Heart of Art with Elisa Brown. Her CDs, The Ave Maria Experience and New World, was co-written and co-arranged with Grammy winning producer Barry Goldstein, and has garnered worldwide praise.

If you know or have someone suffering from Alzheimer’s this show just might help lighten the load.

For Tickets ($45) and more info: www.elisabrownmusic.com

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Maximize Your Money: 6 Simple Ways to Get Your Money Working for You

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When you want to build wealth and strive toward financial freedom, it’s not just about earning more money. It’s also about putting that money to work. Whether it’s investing in a mutual fund or working with tax accountants to find the best deductions, below are six ways to maximize your money:

1. Invest in a mutual fund 

Mutual funds are a great option for those who may not have the time, knowledge, or resources to manage their own investments. By pooling money together with other investors, mutual funds provide access to a more diversified portfolio than what an individual investor could achieve on their own. This reduces risk while at the same time providing opportunities for growth.

Mutual funds often have low minimum investment requirements, making them accessible to a wider range of investors. Before choosing a fund, ensure that it’s a good fit by reflecting on your risk tolerance and investment goals.

2. Methodically save for retirement

Prioritize saving for retirement when considering how to maximize your money. One way to do this is through an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a superannuation fund in Australia or a 401(k) in the US. 

Both plans allow you to contribute towards retirement savings in a way that helps you save more and reduce your taxable income. Ideally, you contribute as much as you can on a monthly basis to ensure a comfortable retirement. If you want to boost your retirement planning strategy, you can go for something like a self-managed superannuation fund or Roth IRA. 

3. Buy rental property

Rental properties can be great investments because they generate passive income month after month, year after year. The key to success with rental properties is understanding what types of properties will be most profitable in your area and finding good tenants who will take care of the property and pay their rent on time. 

4. Open a high-yield savings account

By putting your extra money into a high-yield savings account, you can potentially earn more interest over time, helping your money grow without any additional work on your part. High-yield savings accounts tend to offer better interest rates than traditional savings accounts, which means your money can work harder for you. 

This can be especially beneficial for long-term savings goals or emergency funds. Just be sure to compare account options and fees before selecting a high-yield savings account to ensure that it’s the right fit for your financial needs.

5. Start a side hustle (or two)

A side hustle is a great way to generate some extra income without having to put too much effort into it once it’s up and running. A great side hustle depends on what interests you have. Some popular options include freelance writing, selling handmade items online, and creating webinars or courses. You could even become an Uber driver or Airbnb host if you have the right vehicle or home space available.

6. Work with a tax accountant

Finally, working with a tax agent can be a smart move if you want to maximize your savings and minimize your tax bill. A tax agent can help you identify any relevant deductions and credits so you can take advantage of all available tax breaks. They can also help you develop a tax-efficient investment strategy that can help you save money over the long term.

Making your money work for you requires a bit of effort and planning. Start today with the simple tips above. Like compound interest, these simple changes can lead to big rewards over time.



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