Archive | March, 2013


31 Mar

Z-pita is a Mediterranean restaurant in the village of Port Jefferson or other might know the location as “downport”. Its ideal main street location and just seconds from the ferry has kept this restaurant going for the past 15 years. Joseph Zangrillo or Joey Zee which is the name he known by from many of the locals is a dedicated worker. Joey works in the restaurant over 70 hours a week and informs us even though his age might be high he still has a lot of life to live. Using his mothers own secret recipes keeps the costumers coming back for more.


What It Takes To Be A Professional

21 Mar

Christine Xaver is an in-depth reporter for WCNY’s Central Issues news program located in Syracuse, NY. Xaver is also a professor at Tompkins Cortland Community College being the chair of the Communications and Media Arts program. Giving her students insight into the industry she produced her most significant project which is cooking show called The Sweet Life with Chris Xaver which is being aired nationally on participating PBS stations.

Christine Xaver on set of The Sweet Life

Christine Xaver on set of The Sweet Life

During a recent phone interview she explained her daily process of what it takes to be a professional journalist. She explained the daily struggles of the industry even after her 29 year career. “I have been in the industry a very long time and one thing you need to know about this industry is to always collect facts and have reliable sources to back them up.” She also explained how it’s hard to narrow down just an average routine day because of the constant moving, finding interview sources and then having to record, collect, and report information, and she explains how vital it is to always “check the facts”.

Xaver stresses that people shouldn’t underestimate the power that journalist have in informing and educating the public. She says “With the new age of the web and everyone trying to be what they think is a journalist. All of us can’t repost material we discover on the web at once and deem it to be news.” She also explains how hard it is due to the internet for citizens to trust and acquire the factual story. Xaver says “If you receive thousands of voices on one issue, it can sound like a lot of clatter. You need some reliable specialists on that issue to help deliver you through sentiments that make sense.”

“I can remember my first big story. It was November of 1986 and I watched hundreds of cops investigate the murder case in Dryden, NY. I was the first reporter on the scene and working for channel 7 at the time. The story was known nationwide and that’s when my career took off.” She explained it’s all about location and timing to make sure you are always prepared to find a story anywhere at any time. Being a professional at the time and trained for the career I was capable of conveying the factual story and gave the residents of Dryden evidence and a valid story about these poor victims.

Christine Xaver on set in Califorina.

Christine Xaver.

“Being a respectable professional journalist is a hard full-time job but with dedication and a good moral ethic it can be the best job in the world.”

A Day at An Italian Restaurant

14 Mar

After working for 4 years in a basic Italian restaurant I wanted to share my everyday experience. Not everyone truly views the restaurant like the employees. Express Cuisine with selected season ingredients and home made bread, pasta and our light and crispy pizza. Professional personnel with a special regard for customer service with a welcoming external space that is both ample and comfortable. Special events and corporate dinner services available as well as complementary wine. Always open. Come on in to Branchinellis!

Earbuds or Hearing Loss?

14 Mar

There seems to be no boundaries for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, now releasing his new $250,000 public health plan, which is targeting ear bud headphones. Bloomberg and NYC public health officials are scheduling a social media promotion to inform adolescents of the risks of losing their hearing from listening to music on their headphones at a high volume. You can barely go on a subway or walk down a busy NYC street without listening to the sounds of some song squeaking out of someone’s earbuds, reminding you that “tonight’s going be a good night.”

So is this the right choice for the Mayor to raise awareness of this so-called “problem” or is the problem exaggerated? Talking to Dr. Andrew J. Parker who is a ear nose and throat specialist from Norwalk, CT, he explains in detail of the problems that may be caused by these “dangerous” ear buds that the average American adolescent wears daily. “The standard ear buds that are placed in the ear canal and used with any typical iPod or MP3 player are so close to the inner ear it can cause internal damage if used at a high decibel.” Being an adolescent I was unaware of these so called hazards and would listen to my own iPod at an extreme level. Dr. Parker also said “as of the last few years I’ve had numerous adolescents come in daily with early signs of hearing loss. It cannot be targeted directly to the ear buds but almost all of the patients have told me that they used them.” Before talking to the doctor my original thoughts were Mayor Bloomberg isn’t supersized sodas a big enough target for one month? But ironically I find myself interested in this educational campaign.

The maximum safe level for ear phones is 85 decibels and iPods can reach up to 115 decibels which is potentially damaging to the ear drums. Considering I am a youngster, I think the campaign will be enlightening and hopefully beneficial in reducing the amount of hearing loss in teenagers instead of making them want to rebel against the campaign. But one question still arises are New Yorkers going to listen to the mayors campaign and turn down the volume or even change over to over the ear headphone or do they want the mayor to mind his own business and stop wasting more money? We will just have to wait and see the teenage reaction and results. ImageImage