Cleaning teeth with baking soda

Recently, I spoke with several people regarding the uses of baking soda.  Baking soda also known as sodium bicarbonate is a multipurpose product used as a home cleaning agent, deodorizer, personal care as well as oral hygiene.  From the individuals, I spoke with a lot of them have used the baking soda for oral care.  The explanation given was that the use of baking soda, Arm & Hammer brand, with peroxide, was equivalent of using regular toothpaste but better.  One interviewee expressed how combining the abrasive of the sodium bicarbonate with the antiseptic properties of the peroxide kept the two together as a dentifrice. Although the feeling was gritty it helped in aiding the cleanliness of your teeth and freshened your gums.  It’s not the best taste but it gives a brighter smile.  It is proven to work due to clinical studies and research done via sources on The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Healthy Eats in the Rockaways

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Healthy eats in the Rockaways

Local residents of Rockaway Beach finally got their wish when Cuisine by Claudette opened up on Beach 116th Street in 2012.

Claudette’s original signage at the Beach 116th Street.     Photo credit: Shani Hannah
Vegan cupcakes for purchase. Photo credit: Shani Hannah

Cuisine by Claudette is a health-conscious and vegan restaurant.  From cupcakes to smoothies, to sandwiches, to platters and acai bowls this is the place to be to eat healthy!

Cuisine by Claudette also has two other locations to be convenient for more customers.  They have a flagship spot at Riis Park Beach Bazaar which is on the Riis Beach boardwalk, and then the other location is on Beach 69th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd which just opened up in time for spring/summer 2019.

Visitors come near and far to enjoy all that Cuisine by Claudette has to offer.

Claudette the owner is the one who prepares all the food from scratch and with love, while her sons John and Yarden run the family business.

There are many other restaurants that have opened on the Rockaway Peninsula, but when you are looking for healthy bites, Cuisine by Claudette is the spot.

Special saving from ordering online.  Photo credit: Shani Hannah

Cuisine by Claudette has also upgraded to self-serve ordering inside the restaurants as well as online ordering. They now even offer a 3-course meal for 3-day meal prep.

If you are really looking for healthy food come on down to the Rockaways and pay Cuisine by Claudette a visit.  You will enjoy good food, nice conversations with the workers and good vibes while you are there.

The workers are all smiles at work.                                                             Photo credit: Shani Hannah

And before you leave, make sure you try their coffee, it’s delicious!

Stand Strong and Say No to Fracked Gas in NYC

Rockaway Beach, NY – Fracked gas has been around since the early 1800s.  It was discovered during the Battle of Fredericksburg, VA.  Due to the drilling technique shale rock, oil and natural gas were extracted from it.  This allowed the U.S. to produce more oil and gas.  According to, it is stated by the year 2020 that the U.S. would become energy independent.

Fracked gas is not something the people want.  In recent studies, it shows how this particular gas going through the pipeline could be devasting to our environment, climate change, human health, and marine life.

Many organizations have come together to make up the coalition to stop the Williams pipelineSane Energy Project one of the key organizers of the coalition has helped to develop plans to stop the pipeline from being built.  The pipeline which would carry fracked gas is said to be energy efficient although Sane Energy Project and others have a different belief.

JK Canepa from Sane Energy Project recently stated that “the pipeline company will get a billion dollars plus a 14% profit”.

“Paid for guaranteed; paid for if they can build this pipeline”.

“Has nothing to do with whether the gas is going to go through the pipe or not”, said JK Canepa.

The Williams energy company want to be known for creating a “best market”  to the north and south of the Marcellus and Utica supply area.  Williams company continues to invest in the Transco interstate natural gas pipeline. This pipeline will go from Texas to New York City.  The project is part of a 23-mile segment in New York Harbor to date.

JK Canepa stated, “ Williams pipeline is not extracting gas”.

“They’re not in the gas business, they’re in the pipeline business”.

According to sources, the Williams’ pipeline has been denied on several occasions, which means the coalition is doing something right when protesting and sending letters to the government and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has already denied the certification for water quality for the proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement Project with the Williams company.

JK Canepa and her colleagues understand that the fight isn’t over.  They have been fighting for a few years now and will continue to rally, send letters and meet with officials that have a say in the Williams pipeline.

Canepa has met some challenges and even some issues with the law when protesting for the better of the people and communities.  Canepa’s care for the wealth of the environment allows her strong advocacy relations to help battle the fight for protecting the planet.

Kim Fraczek Takes On The Williams Pipeline Again

Rockaway Beach, NY – In today’s ever-changing environment, some people welcome the change and those who don’t want the change.  One of the biggest issues plaguing NYC today is the Williams Pipeline.

The purpose of the pipeline is to transport fracked gas also known as methane through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Rockaways. The project according to the Williams Co is a safe way to emit less carbon dioxide than coal and oil and it coordinates with the goals of NYC.

A recent post on LinkedIn states that the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project will be beneficial to New York and Long Island long term.

This issue has brought various organizations together who are not interested in the fracked gas for a multitude of reasons.  Fracked gas is harmful to the well-being of humans and marine life. There are safety issues that concern even those in other places like California that are dealing with fracking.

California governor criticizes increase in fracking permits from r/Fracking

One advocate that stands up for the fight against the Williams Pipeline is Kim Fraczek.   Kim has been advocating for over 9 years and campaigning against the pipeline here in NYC.  As the director of the Sane Energy Project, Kim facilitates and helps to organize events within the communities to present the case of why the people don’t want these pipelines.

Kim’s past experiences line up with advocacy issues relating to animal rights, clean water and the right to ownership of public energy.

Kim’s creativity also helps with the design of art showcasing various ways to promote a cleaner and safer environment.  As an activist, her talents can lead the team in strategic pathways to engage the community against the current issues.

With the current issue of the Williams pipeline, Kim and her team along with other organizations were able to get the Department of Environmental Conservation to decline the proposal for the pipeline.  The appeals and talking to the politicians like Govern Cuomo has given Kim and the Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition enough ammunition to put a halt to the pipeline, but the process of the Williams Co reapplied again to continue the ongoing fight to build the pipeline in New York City.

Kim’s passion for protecting the environment and the community will continue to plan and delegate scenarios to help propose a foolproof campaign that will hopefully stop the Williams pipeline altogether.

With the help of 350BK, Rockaway Beach Civic Association, New York Communities for Change, Food and Water Watch, Surfrider Foundation and 350Org help to make up the coalition for Stop the Williams Pipeline.  Kim Fraczek and other members utilizing their social media platforms to help show what is going on with the project and where it stands.  They provide links and sources to reputable people and sites for you to gain knowledge about the pipeline proposal and why they are against the building of the pipeline.

According to sources, the coalition will not stop until the Williams pipeline is stopped for good.

Connect with Kim Fraczek on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more details on how you can join in with the fight to stop the Williams Pipeline.

The Coalition orchestrates another move to Stop the Williams Pipeline

Queens, NY – Today on July 13, 2019, is the last day for consumers to send a letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation expressing their concerns regarding the Stop the Williams Pipeline.  In the past, DEC already declined the proposal for the pipeline.

Customers were recently sent an email from National Grid stating that the fracked gas from Williams is more energy-efficient and will lower greenhouse gas emissions. Sane Energy Project, one of the organizations against the Williams Pipeline retweeted regarding how National Grid asked customers to help with protesting for fracked gas.

The coalition which consists of Sane Energy Project, Surfrider Foundation, Food & Water Watch, New York Communities for Change, 350BK, Rockaway Beach Civic Association, and 350Org., along with other allied organizations, are helping to Stop the Williams pipeline from being built. This coalition rallies as well as submit letters to local politicians and anyone involved in the decision of stopping this pipeline.

This pipeline will bring in fracked gas which is harmful to the people in various ways. It can be harmful to the health of humans, marine life, climate change and has safety issues, not to mention a very expensive project that will cost millions of customers a lot of money according to the report from the Stop the Williams Pipeline website.

The pipeline will affect communities on the shorefronts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Rockaways.

The Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition, Sane Energy Project, posted on Facebook how the public can participate in stopping the Williams pipeline.  They have to send the letter to stop fracked gas by signing the form and submitting it.

Currently, they need 259 more letters because 541 have been sent already and 800 is what is needed altogether.

Stop the Williams Pipeline has been an ongoing issue since 2014 but the public wasn’t even aware.  Now that more people are finding out they must all come together to stop the pipeline from being built.  The process has already been started but due to the Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition and all the advocates against the pipeline, it has come to a halt; but the Williams company is not going to stop pushing for the fracked gas.

As this story continues to unfold, more information will be shared with the public.  The concerns of the people have to be put to the forefront, but only the local politicians and people in political power can actually change the narrative to this issue.

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Cover photo courtesy of Sane Energy Project Facebook page

Jonna Burgess, 6 years old, doesn’t let her physical disability take away from enjoying life

Rockaway Beach, NY- Life sometimes throws us curveballs and we have to be ready to handle them.  On July 11, 2012 twin brother and sister Derek and Jonna were born to parents Donna Cornett and John Burgess.

Jonna was diagnosed with Hirschsprung disease, and later developed cerebral palsy along with other health issues.

This little pride and joy have gone through so many things and at one point the doctors didn’t think she would make it.  But through love and prayer, strong parents and support system Jonna is living life although her life isn’t our normal it’s hers.

Jonna is a happy little girl that loves to feel the air blow in her face, smiles at the touch of the family cats when her brother Derek brings them to her.

Jonna Burgess living her best life

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