ShopRite of Hackensack will host a free, two-part Diabetes Education Program led by its retail dietitian, Alison Halpern.
The Group Education Session is to take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and a Healthy Food Shopping Tour 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 8. During both sessions, Halpern will focus on how to better manage diabetes for oneself or a family member. Since space is limited, pre-registration is required. To sign up, stop by the Dietitian’s Corner at the store or contact Halpern at (201) 819-5015 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ShopRite of Hackensack is at 500 South River St. This year Inserra Supermarkets, which owns and operates 22 ShopRite stores in New Jersey and New York, celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its In-store Dietitian Program, which continues to expand. Each month, Halpern and her fellow Inserra ShopRite dietitians host a wide range of health and nutrition events, including cooking classes, one-on-one nutrition counseling, recipe demonstrations, product spotlights and health screenings, among many others.
Baby Nathaniel sits on his mother's lap in the Beltramini's Ramsey home.This was the second time the Beltramini’s hosted a child through Gift of Life, but the first since they had children of their own, twins Corinne and Dane, now 13. “We wanted them to experience it and remember it,” said Terry Beltramini, who's been hosting Nathanial and his mom since Sept. 13. It's been about a month since the Nigerian 14-month-old had major surgery to repair a hole in his heart and lung. The life-saving procedure would not have been possible without efforts from a village of good-doers. “I am very, very grateful,” Nathaniel’s mother Temitope Komolafe said, bouncing her baby now thriving on his new pacemaker. The Gift of Life, Bergen Highlands Ramsey Rotary Club, physicians at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital — who donated their time and services — and Terry and Dawne Beltramini all played key roles in saving baby Nathaniel's life. Dawne Beltramini spent many days in the hospital with Nathaniel and his mom. She says the difference in the child post-surgery is evident as he's more energetic and alert and eating more. Beltramini was quick to note how much her Ramsey neighbors helped during Nathaniel’s stay by donating everything from a stroller, car seat and high chair, to diapers and toys. She also praised Peter Branigan of Wyckoff, a former Catholic Priest who did missionary work in Nigeria, and his wife Wendy. Temitope and Nathaniel also stayed with them for a few days, and Peter frequently visited them in the hospital Terry – a member of the Rotary Club – wants to ensure other children can get the surgeries they need. Nathaniel is slated to head home to Nigeria sometime this fall, but the Beltraminis plan on keeping in contact. “We want to see him running around and chubby. We are excited to follow his progress,” Dawne said.
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Looking for some uncommon native plants to add interest to your summer garden? Try these pollinator magnets that have another bonus – they are all deer-resistant. Each plant adds striking beauty to the garden while offering pollinators critical nectar and pollen.Asclepias exaltata (Poke Milkweed)
Most milkweeds require full sun to grow well, but those of us with shadier gardens have an alternative - Poke Milkweed, which is happiest in dappled sun at the woodland edge. Large clusters of fragrant white flowers appear on this graceful plant that typically grows 3 to 5 feet tall. Milkweeds are not just for Monarchs – in addition to being the required larval food for Monarch caterpillars, milkweeds are important forage plants for many pollinators. Poke Milkweed is irresistible to bees and butterflies.
Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master)
The sword-shaped, blue-green leaves of Rattlesnake Master are interesting enough – but then come the unusual bristly flower globes that rise above the foliage. These fragrant “blooms” attract an enormous array of pollinators. Like many other plants in the Carrot Family, Rattlesnake Master attracts a variety of natural enemies – insects that are nature’s form of pest control. Grow this plant in full sun in average garden soil with good drainage. Often reaching 4 to 6 feet, Rattlesnake Master will add unique structure to your garden for most of the growing season. Native to much of the Southeast up to New Jersey, Rattlesnake Master grows well in our area – see it on The High Line in New York City.
Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus)
It may be hard to believe, but this species of Prickly Pear Cactus is native to much of the Northeast. Perfect for a hot and dry spot, especially in a sunny rock garden, this plant sports large, showy yellow flowers accented by orange “nectar guides” that entice many native bee species. Both the pads and the prickly pear fruit are edible to humans, but make sure to clean them properly to eliminate the spines. Prickly Pear is deer resistant, but Bambi may sometimes discover the tasty fruit before you do.
Pycnanthemum muticum (Short-Toothed Mountain Mint)
All of our native Mountain Mints are extremely attractive to pollinators and natural enemies. In a study by Penn State Extension, 78 pollinators visited Short-Toothed Mountain Mint within a two-minute period! Unlike culinary mints, such as Spearmint and Peppermint, Short-Toothed Mountain Mint will not monopolize your yard – it spreads via rhizomes but is not overly aggressive, and is easily pulled. The plant’s silvery bracts surround small pinky-white flowers that can last up to six weeks. Plant this aromatic, deer-resistant native in full to part sun with average to moist soil.
When trying to find these more unusual native plants, you will often have the best luck at local native nurseries and native plant sales. Also ask your favorite garden center to stock more native plants – our challenged pollinators need them!
Kim Eierman, a resident of Bronxville, is an environmental horticulturist and Founder ofEcoBeneficial . She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center and Rutgers Home Gardeners School.
Content gathered & updated by the Bergen Review Media team.