Merlino & Gonzalez June 2017

Audiobooks Inspire a Love of Stories in All Ages SUMMER READING FOR BUSY FAMILIES

into literature. Here are a few great audiobooks you can introduce to your family this summer.

of siblings Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha, who discover a magic wish-granting coin. They soon realize the coin only grants half of what they wish for, and an unplanned vacation to the Sahara, followed by chaos in King Arthur’s court, is just a one of the hilarious misadventures this family must overcome together. For Something Entirely New “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown, read by Kate Atwater When lonely robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she finds she’s trapped on a wild island. Struggling to survive and befriend the island’s hostile animal inhabitants, Roz must eventually face her mysterious past, which threatens to tear her home apart. This brand-new book is a stunning tale about the environment, technology, and the wonder of being alive. These are just a few of the many titles your family can enjoy this summer. Find even more by visiting or checking the audiobooks catalogue on iTunes.

For the Long Road Trip “The Bad Beginning” (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket, read by Tim Curry When a terrible fire destroys the Baudelaire mansion, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny find themselves orphans and are sent to live with the terrible Count Olaf. Convinced their awful new guardian is only after their fortune, the Baudelaires must use their intelligence and skills to stick together and (maybe) overcome their sad circumstances. Fans of the Netflix series will love to hear the story that started it all! Who knew such an unfortunate series could mean fun for the whole family? For Family Bonding “Half Magic” by Edward Eager, read by Words Take Wing A beloved family favorite since it was first published in 1954, “Half Magic” tells the story

Summer reading lists are always popular, but most families rarely have time to have dinner together, let alone sit still reading for hours. Luckily, the ever-growing popularity of audiobooks means you don’t have to wait for school to start again for your kids to get back


Our First Annual Cinco de Mayo Party

Ever since we moved into our new office, we’ve been trying to think of a way to celebrate. We love being able to get our business associates together to have a little fun, rather than hashing out legal matters or resolving estates. To this end, we recently held what we hope will be the first of an annual tradition — a Cinco de Mayo party. It was a big hit, and we think it will become even bigger next year. Ken Gonzalez, one of our founding partners, actually spent years working in a Spanish restaurant while he was going to school. During this time, he had the opportunity to perfect his sangria recipe down to a science. Given how popular the pitchers were

at our party, we think our clients would agree. Who knew that Ken’s expertise went beyond real estate and elder law into the world of mixology? People have even been calling the office just to inquire about the ingredients he uses. Appreciation events like these are a staple of Merlino & Gonzalez, and we’re always on the lookout for new ways to say thanks to the wonderful people we work with every day. If you want to stay abreast of upcoming events like our Cinco de Mayo party, this newsletter will be the place to do it. We look forward to announcing our next party, and we hope to hold events for our clients in the future. Oh, and if you pester Ken enough, he may even give up his recipe!


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