HAVANA — As the wheels of American Airlines 9426 hit the rutted runway of the Jose Marti International Airport, the plane slips into a first-world purgatory. Cellphones go dead. Internet access evaporates. Credit cards go useless. In one of the terminal cafes, the Beatles song “Yesterday” wafts through the air. Blink, and it is 1960. Travelers press through the sweltering humidity to line up in a non-air-conditioned holding area waiting for immigration clearance. Female airport officers, clad in khaki miniskirts and spidery black floral nylons, draw on their cigarettes. Waiting outside in a cloud of exhaust, a fleet of boxy Russian Lada taxis, the humble cousin of the forever-running American Chevrolets and Fords that hum beside them, rumbles in anticipation. None of these car models have been made for years. The flight from Miami, just 90 miles away, takes 42 minutes. It is hard to imagine any other flight of such short duration taking a traveler to such an utterly different place, a brave old world. Passenger Sandra Cordero, a Cuban native who now lives in Miami, is prepared for the shortages ahead. Her pink backpack is stuffed with mosquito repellent, toilet paper, and pain relievers. Tucked in between them is her father, his ashes stored in a blue box adorned with sea gulls and white script reading, “Going home. “My father made me promise many times to bring him back and sprinkle him near the beach where he began,” said Cordero, 41, hugging the box to her chest. “His father is still there. President Obama cracked open the door to Cuba, largely sealed to Americans for the past five decades, when he issued a series of regulations in December easing travel and trade restrictions. The move prompted swift speculation that a new era in relations between the two countries was imminent. In truth, even as full diplomatic relations between the old adversaries are due to be restored Monday, it has barely begun. Obama might have opened the door, but Cubans appear determined to walk through it on their own terms. Tourists and business executives pay no mind. They come by the planeload, drawn by the mystique of a country lodged in the past, convinced that radical change is imminent even if it is not. Tourists come because vestiges of the old now feel new: They want to see the Kodak Instamatic version of Cuba before it joins the iPhone age. Business people come because they must: Being. Source: www.bostonglobe.com
AVON, Ohio – Driving great distances to find custom-built, solid quality furniture is no longer needed. WoodForest Furniture recently opened in Avon, 35715 Detroit Road, offering Amish handcrafted furniture that is made in Ohio. More than 80 hand-picked builders are featured at the store which is housed in an historic home. Gary Moyse has been in the furniture industry for more than 50 years. He first worked as a furniture mover and witnessed many different furniture items in the market place. He watched moving crews go out and could see some items that would not withstand a move from state to state because of the way the furniture was built. During that time, he learned about the construction of furniture and the quality of how it was made. "I ended up opening my own household and piano moving business in Parma," he said. "I also worked for Ethan Allen when the furniture was made in the states. Now it is all imports. About 25 years ago I got an idea to sell some furniture and open a store along with my moving business. I went to Amish country from one builder to another to see who builds tables, who builds chairs, etc. The Amish went from farming to now building furniture as it is a more lucrative business for them. Now Amish country has become so commercial and some of the furniture there is now imported. The difference with us, from the big box stores, is ours is all customized. Not only can we build in one style and shape, but we can build to your needs. That's what we specialize in. We also do a heavier grain finish which is a catalyzed finish which is a closed-grained finish resistant to scuffs, abrasions, nail polish, water, etc. Moyse retired from the furniture business 10 years ago but now, at 65-years-old, he is coming back into the business. He found the location after meeting at his accountant's office down Detroit Road. The historic home sat vacant for many years. "I met with the owner of this house and I said I would commit to you if you would get this house back in shape," said Moyse. "The home was built around the late 1920s. The Pickering Family, who own the farm next door and this property, built this house and Jay Pickering's grandfather lived in it for many years. Everyone that comes in this house comments how they would love to live in this house, including myself. It speaks to the character of our furniture. It's homier than a big box store. Getting married or having a baby or no. Source: www.cleveland.com
Marco Lopez outside Seed to Sprout. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge) Proprietors Alex Mazzucca and Cara Pescatore, both 33 years old and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional alumni, also own an established restaurant by the same name in Avon. And Mazzucca’s older brothers, Michael and Anthony Mazzucca, were Cravin Haven’s owners. “We teamed up with my brothers for this,” she said, without offering details. “They’re super supportive,” Alex said. For Mazzucca and Pescatore, “it’s like a homecoming in a lot of ways,” Mazzucca said. “We see our friends and our families. It’s a place in our hearts. There are plenty of tables in the dining area of this bright, welcoming restaurant, updated by Marco Lopez, Mazzucca’s husband. Calling himself a “Swiss army knife,” Lopez says he’s been in charge of the designing, branding and build-outs, helping to get the place open quickly. New refrigerated bins full of grab ‘n go items such as vegan salad dressings, beverages, kale wraps and sandwiches – all made in-house – make it an easy stop for health eaters in a hurry. “The seed salad and avocado sandwiches remain popular local favorites, though most of our customers are not vegan or vegetarian,” Lopez says. Christie Ferraris, a history teacher at RFH, says she taught Mazzucca and Pescatore as students, and along with her oldest daughter, a vegan, has been a customer of the Avon restaurant. “So we’re thrilled that they’re here,” she told PieHole. A complete brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday offers tofu scrambles, pancakes, French toast, and granola with yogurt, to name a few of the vegan dishes. Raw food, soups, fair trade coffee and pastries, including macaroons and muffins, are also available. “The best part of this location,” Lopez says, “is that most people have an association of a black hole. Now it’s becoming a social hub. Seed to Sprout is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. Source: www.redbankgreen.com
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Travelers press through the sweltering humidity to line up in a non-air-conditioned holding area waiting for immigration clearance. Waiting outside in a cloud of exhaust, a fleet of boxy Russian Lada taxis, the humble cousin of the forever-running
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No registration required. 07.24 - 61st Annual Red Bank Sidewalk Sale It's another edition of the bargain hunter's safari through the folding tables and clearance racks of Red Bank's favorite merchants, with participating locations on Broad, Monmouth
Marco Lopez outside Seed to Sprout. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge) . Come as you are with a beach chair or towel and toys for the kids, and in the event of inclement weather, services will be held at the church. Click for phone link to
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