Merlino & Gonzalez July 2017

Keep Your Child’s Mind Active With This Fun Summer Experiment! GROW CRYSTALS WITH YOUR KIDS

A mentally sedentary summer can cause your child’s learning to stagnate and backslide, erasing the equivalent of as much as two months of in-school learning. But you can have fun with your kid this summer and help them learn at the same time. Try this project from, which demonstrates how geodes are formed and gives a primer on the science of crystals. The results are stunning! All you need are some clean eggshells, water, several different soluble materials (salt, sugar, baking soda, borax, cream of tartar), coffee cups, spoons, food coloring, and egg cartons. First, crack the eggs as close to the narrow end as possible. Then, clean the eggshells in hot water, which allows you to pull the skin out of the inside. Place the shells in an egg carton lined with wax paper to hold them upright. Boil the water and pour half a cup into each coffee mug, followed by ¼ cup of one of the soluble materials, stirring until it dissolves. Keep adding the solid slowly

until the water is supersaturated — this simply means that the water has absorbed all it can and any additional solid won’t dissolve. Then, add food coloring to the solutions. See what creative color combinations your child can come up with. Carefully pour the solution into an eggshell, filling it as full as you can without the solution overflowing or the egg tipping over. As the water evaporates (be patient!) crystals will begin to form inside the eggshells. But how? As the water is heated, it expands, allowing more space for the dissolved solution. When it cools and evaporates, that space goes away, and the solids are forced to become solid again. See, science is fun and educational! Check out further science experiments on,, or!

The New Look of Merlino & Gonzalez A FACE-LIFT FOR OUR OFFICE

There are plenty of issues you encounter while running a law firm that fall outside the purview of law. Everything, from creating a website to picking furniture, needs to be considered carefully. While these may seem like small details, they add up to creating a welcoming atmosphere that makes clients feel comfortable and cared for. At Merlino & Gonzalez, we pride ourselves on building real relationships with our clients, and we want our office to reflect the warmth and commitment we feel toward those we serve.

We’ve recently undertaken a major project to beautify the landscape around our office. We’ve installed a new fence, done some planting, and generally spruced up our surroundings. One of our founding partners, John R. Merlino Jr., actually keeps a garden of his own, so he brought a ton of great ideas to the table. Our office is our home for a large portion of the week, and we thought it only fitting that we did some yard work. Unfortunately, we don’t have any kids here that we can task with mowing the lawn! Having a beautiful landscape will never be as important as the thorough guidance and continuing relationship we provide to our clients, but we like to think it makes a small difference. Certainly, you wouldn’t want your law office to be strewn with garbage, with your files in a stack on the floor. Our philosophy of thoughtful, comprehensive planning extends to all areas of our practice — even the trees out front. We hope you’ll notice the face-lift to the outside of our office. We think that the update has made the atmosphere outside more reflective of the attitude we strive for inside. Any chance we have to make our clients’ experience just a little better is worth it in our eyes.


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