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AND THE LIVING IS DREAMY
When I got older, my family got a pass to the town pool, and I’d go every day with my friends. It’s funny — I’m still in contact with some of the friends I went to that pool with. Some of them still live near where we grew up, and now I see pictures pop up on Facebook of the same pool we went to when we were kids. It takes me back. As an adult, I’ve come to enjoy other aspects of summer. I still love the warm weather, and summer is my favorite season. I’m a golfer, and I do my best to fit that into my crazy schedule. These days the pool is right in our backyard. It’s mostly for the kids — I look at it more often than I actually get in it. My girls like to have friends over and hang out there. Summer is also the ideal time for getting out of town. Recently, Valeria, Leyla, and I had an awesome vacation in Florida. It was a bit of a dilemma deciding where to go. Do you go to your favorite places that you visit time after time, or do you visit somewhere you’ve never been before? There are so many places to see in the world! This year Leyla made our decision easy — she’s focused on her wrestling career and is wrestling quite a bit these days, so she didn’t want to take time off. She was totally committed to giving up vacation until the option of going to Florida came up. That’s because there is one place Leyla is willing to miss a wrestling match for: the Monkey Jungle in Miami. After wrestling, monkeys are her next greatest passion — perhaps she would be a primatologist if she hadn’t found wrestling. She’s obsessed with monkeys, so the Monkey Jungle is paradise to her. It’s worth going just to see how excited she gets. As a photography major, Valeria was excited to photograph the monkeys, and she got some spectacular shots. The above photo is one of her shots! Although we fit in quite a bit on this trip, including a short trek to Key West, the Monkey Jungle was really the highlight for all of us. It’s truly a place to get up close and personal with the most adorable primates. Near or far, I’m always grateful that I get to travel. Our vacation was relaxing and just what we all needed to reset our focus. Now I’m back and ready to jump into summer in New Jersey, working, relaxing on the weekends, and dreaming about childhood summers.
Here is one of the shots Valeria took at the Monkey Jungle.
When summer comes, the world slows down a little bit — or does it? As a child, summer seemed like the longest time of the year. There was not a care in the world, nothing that had to be done. Now, summer seems to fly by. As soon as the patio furniture comes out, it seems like we have to start putting it away again. But there is something about the scents — flowers, sunscreen, sprinklers, and freshly mowed lawns — that brings me back to my childhood, to a place of nostalgia. Summer was the best time as a kid, mostly because I was out of school, and it equated to hours of play time every day. I grew up about an hour from the Jersey shore in your typical suburban town. We frequently went to the beach, but then we became members at a swim club, and I went to day camp there. For a child, it was a dream. We swam every day, did arts and crafts, and put on shows for our parents. Most of the memories from my childhood come from that place.
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THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Unconventional Summer Jobs for Teens
be the perfect first job for a child who wants to try earning a few bucks for the first time. Teens under the age of 18 will require parental consent.
VIRTUAL STOREFRONTS If your child has a flare for arts, crafts, or anything else DIY, encourage them to set up an Etsy shop. There are no membership fees, and after Etsy’s 3.5 percent cut, sellers receive their profits via PayPal. Minors age 13–17 must have a parent or legal guardian manage their Etsy account. PETSITTING AND HOUSESITTING If your teen is trustworthy and responsible, there’s no reason they can’t work for neighbors, friends, and family. Most professional petsitting and housesitting services require their sitters to be over 18, but Care.com allows teens 14–17 to register as “Teen Providers” with parental consent. Depending on where you live and how much experience your teen has, they can expect to earn $15–30 per visit, and they may be able to ask for more to stay overnight. Help your teen get the word out by posting on social media. Most importantly, keep your teen safe by helping them screen clients and teaching them what information to share. Summer jobs are a great way for teens to earn extra cash and learn responsibility. The next time your teen asks you for money to go to the movies, encourage them to earn some spending cash of their own. Who knows? They might actually treat you to a movie sometime!
As your teen becomes more independent, they may be interested in getting a summer job. Whether they want to save up for a big purchase or just have some extra spending money, summer jobs can solidify the importance of hard work and responsibility for your child. Plus, the earlier your teen starts, the sooner they can learn how to manage their money. Fast-food restaurants and clothing stores are popular first jobs, but encourage your teen to think outside the box and try one of these creative money-making opportunities. ONLINE SURVEYS AND REVIEWS Companies are eager for consumer feedback, and they are willing to pay for it. Sites like Swagbucks and MySurvey offer members the opportunity to complete tasks like taking surveys, writing reviews, and watching videos to redeem rewards in the form of cash or gift cards. Teens can also preview up-and-coming music as reviewers on Slice the Pie. Sites like these require quite a bit of work for a relatively small wage, but they can
How Christa Creates a Great Client Experience
This month, we’re introducing you to another crucial member of the PMB team: Christa. She covers the front desk and provides clerical support to our attorneys. In many ways, she’s the voice of our Warren County office. Christa has been with us for six years, and she found her way to PMB at the suggestion of a friend — none other than our paralegal, Maria. The two are good friends, and Maria knew Christa would be the perfect fit for the environment and work. She was right, of course. Christa finds value and joy in making a client’s experience great from the moment they step into our office or contact us by phone. “I like being out here and talking with folks. I’m a positive person, so I like to make everybody happy and let them know they’re in good hands. When someone calls us and is upset, it’s nice to be able to calm them and make them feel good.”
After work, Christa is likely enjoying the outdoors with her family. Christa and her family members are hikers who go camping and spend time at the beach, so they’re eager for the warm weather to roll in, allowing them to enjoy these activities. She’s also the No. 1 cheerleader of her kids’ activities. Christa’s eldest son is graduating from college this summer, and she’ll be there to lead the applause with the rest of the family. She also loves watching her daughter sing, and her daughter and younger son run cross-country races. “I love cheering them on,” Christa says. She brings that same encouragement to the office. We love having Christa on the PMB team, rooting for our attorneys and clients every day.
Working for our attorney, Lisa, Christa has also found the perfect fit in her supervisor.
“She’s wonderful. We clicked right away. When you like your boss, that’s a really good feeling.”
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3 Awesome Dads
FATHERS WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THEIR KIDS
GREG ALEXANDER BATTLED A BEAR FOR HIS SON’S LIFE.
This Father’s Day, thousands of dads will receive a “No. 1 Dad” mug to sip coffee out of at the office. But the following dads took that “No. 1” to a new level.
While camping in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Greg Alexander was startled awake at dawn by the screams of his 16-year-old son, Gabriel. He rushed out of his hammock to see a black bear dragging his son away by the head. Without hesitation, he kicked the beast in the side, and when that didn’t work, he leapt onto its back and started punching it in the face. When the bear finally released Gabriel, Greg threw rocks until it fled. His son was hurt, but made a full recovery in the hospital over the coming weeks. Artur Magomedov was devastated to discover that his wife had taken his 3- and 10-year-old daughters from their home in Dagestan under the cover of night, flown to Turkey, and crossed into Syria to join ISIS. But he resolved to get his kids back. After a long, hazardous journey, he arrived in Tabqa to embrace his two daughters. To leave the caliphate — under penalty of death — they hitched a ride to the border one night and crawled along a railway line until they were within 70 meters of the border. Then they ran under fire from Turkish border guards until they could scramble into tall grasses. After some help from the Russian consulate in Istanbul, they made it back home, together again and safe. ARTUR MAGOMEDOV SAVED HIS DAUGHTERS FROM ISIS. CHILI LIME CHICKEN WINGS Father’s Day th
BRIAN MUNN GAVE HIS SON A LIVER TRANSPLANT.
When doctors discovered that baby Caleb Munn had a rare disease called biliary atresia, they told his parents that he was unlikely to survive past age 2 without a liver transplant. Luckily, his father was a perfect match, and he eagerly donated part of his liver in March of 2015 to save his son’s life.
TAKE A BREAK
This Father’s Day, spice up your wings with this zesty recipe that’s sure to please the whole family.
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1 lime, halved
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4 pounds chicken wings
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
1/4 cup honey
Chopped cilantro for garnish
1/4 cup soy sauce
1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. Rinse wings under cold water and
3. Blend butter, red curry paste, honey, and soy sauce in a large mixing bowl. 4. Toss wings in butter mixture. Squeeze lime juice on top, transfer to serving plate, and garnish with cilantro.
pat dry. Season liberally with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Roast on a baking sheet for 25 minutes or until skin becomes crisp and brown.
inspired by foodnetwork.com
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Summertime, and the Living Is Dreamy
Unique Job Ideas for Teens
Meet Our Awesome Staff
3 Fathers Who Risked It All for Their Kids
Father’s Day Chili Lime Chicken Wings
FOURTH ANNUAL MUSIC UNDER THE STARS June 28 through August 16, 7–9 p.m. Deer Path Park, Flemington Every Thursday, beginning on June 28, Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation is putting on free concerts for the community. Each evening will feature a different band. Alcohol is not permitted, but feel free to bring food and enjoy a picnic as you listen to the music.
WARREN COUNTY WINERY TRAIN June 16, 23, and 30 Phillipsburg, NJ
ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN Various dates and times Hunterdon Arboretum “Everyone has talent; they just don’t know it!” says artist Lena Shiffman. Young and young-at- heart can learn from artists like Shiffman in a variety of classes held at the Arboretum. Visit co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/programs. html#ArtClasses to find out more.
Watch the Delaware River from your window as you relax in New Jersey’s only operating steam locomotive. You’ll be transported to the scenic Villa Milagro Vineyards, where you’ll learn about the winemaking process from the experts, followed by a tasting. It’s just $35 for an all- inclusive ticket, including a souvenir glass.
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