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President Trump: Reopening of Schools May Need to be Delayed in Hot-spot Areas of Pandemic

President Trump hold a press conference that reopening schools in areas where the pandemic is intense might be delayed by several weeks, but he indicated his desire to reopen schools in fall for other areas and for students to return to study in the classroom.

President Trump said Governors would make the decision on reopening schools in states badly affected by the pandemic, and that decision would be made based on data about the pandemic.

President Trump also reminded that children are less affected by the pandemic compared to adults and cited a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics stating the fact that schools remaining closed delays the detection of learning disorders, sexual harassment and drug use and that children in low-income families need the food served in schools. President Trump also shared data showing that the negative effect of keeping schools closed impacts African-Americans and low income earners more.

President stated that , if the schools are not reopened, the resources can be provided to parents who send their children to public schools, private schools, charter schools, religious schools or have them home-schooled, saying, "All families will be supported so that they can do the right thing on their own terms."

President Trump also noted that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had released an additional manual that includes the measures needed to reopen schools.

Although the argument that coronavirus affects children less than adults is widespread, there is concern that reopening schools could put teachers and families at risk.

Good News from CDC: The Schools Could be Reopened in the New Academic Year

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that schools closed due to the novel coronavirus could be reopened in the new academic year. The new manual published on CDC’s official site states that schools at all levels, from kindergarten to high school, can reopen by the end of the summer by taking certain measures based on the intensity of the pandemic in their districts.

 It was stated that “the best available evidence suggests that Covid-19 poses a relatively low risk for school-age children,” noting that children will probably not show severe symptoms and not spread the virus in schools. 

CDC Director Robert Redfield shared his opinion: “The closure of schools has disrupted the lives of families and children and has adverse effects on young people.” He noted that the opening of schools is critical to public health.

Specialty Food Association Launches First Consumer Ad Campaign

Image NEW YORK (June 18, 2015) – The Specialty Food Association is launching its first-ever ad campaign and retail test designed to build consumer awareness and engagement with specialty food.  The theme is "Celebrate Specialty Food. Craft. Care. Joy." The tests come as sales of specialty food have topped $100 billion for the first time and continue to climb, and as industry growth far outpaces that of conventional food.

Specialty Food Association Honors Industry Pioneers

Image NEW YORK (June 17, 2015) – The specialty food industry is flourishing. Sales are at a record high of $109 billion and account for nearly 15 percent of all U.S. retail food sales.  It is an industry that hardly existed 50 years ago. Today's impressive performance is the result of the hard work and foresight of industry pioneers who decades ago saw an opportunity to elevate the culture of food in the U.S. and stepped in to make it happen.

Details on Ankara, Bringing Turkish Brunch and Outdoor Happy Hour to Dupont

Ejder Aslanturk (pictured) is among the family owners behind Aknara, a Turkish restaurant coming to Dupont. Photograph courtesy of Ankara.
Dupont Circle will get a family-owned Turkish eatery when Ankara opens its doors on Wednesday, May 20 (a soft-opening with limited hours will begin May 14). Jorge Chicas, formerly a head chef at Zaytinya, designed the menus, which will be offered for lunch, dinner, and a special Turkish brunch in the former Levante?s space; there?s no relation between the two restaurants, despite serving similar cuisines.*

NY Goes Turkish In May, And Local Restaurants Participate In Turkish Restaurant Week

Image Turkish-Americans celebrate their heritage this month with a week of restaurant discounts at participating eateries, a parade and festival, and an event at Borough Hall. The 32nd Turkish Day Parade and Festival kicks off on Saturday, May 18, at noon. Organized by the Federation of Turkish American Associations, the parade takes place in Manhattan, with participants gathering at 56th Street and Madison Avenue and marching down to Dag Hammarskjold Park on 47th Street and 1st Avenue, where they’ll join with the festival.

The Total Numbers of Turkish Restaurants Reach 200 in New York and New Jersey

By Cemil Ozyurt - Image The total numbers of Turkish restaurants, cafe, wine bars, clubs, delis have reached 200. According to TurkAvenue.com, New York based Turkish Business News Portal, Turkish places mostly locate in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens and North Jersey. New York City is the most popular place for Turkish food industry and Big Apple has 63 Turkish places, North Jersey area has 42 and Brooklyn has 25 places. Generally the most places have opened last five years and a small portion of them has survived over 10 years. Some restaurants, cafes and wine bars have become a chain as Ayhan's Shish Kebab in Long Island which has eight different locations, Gulluoglu Baklava which has 4 branches in NY and NJ, Toros Restaurants have three branches in New Jersey, Pierre Loti Wine House has three locations in New York City.  Pera, Ali Baba, and Ayza Wine Bar & Chocolate have two locations each.


Betting on Turkish Food at Chit Chat Caf

Image Port Jefferson Station, NY - By Lon Cohen - portjefferson.com - Semiral “Sam” Catalbas says it’s easy to guess why she’s opening Chit Chat Café, a Turkish-American café and grocery store on Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station. “Because I’m Turkish,” she says with a smile, her accent clearly coming through her words. The Port Jefferson Station resident, who said that her husband owns a gas station, is originally from the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul in Turkey but has lived in the United States for the past 10 years. Catalbas partnered with her cousin, Gilly Akcay, who is also the landlord, to open the new café.

Zeytin Mediterranean Grill Opens in Las Colinas

Image Zeytin Mediterranean Grill is a new Mediterranean/Turkish restaurant that opened this week in Las Colinas. Zeytin, which means "olive" in Turkish, is doing a cafeteria-style buffet on weekdays at lunch; and full-service, full-menu table service on nights and weekends. Owner Kemal Cenkci previously owned and operated Mediterranean and Turkish restaurants in San Antonio and Northern Virginia. "Our dishes are authentic and made from scratch," he said. "We have the gyro, which is well known and loved across the country, and authentic Turkish Doner Kebab, one of the few in the Dallas-Fort Worth area."

Turkish Delights Found at Delicious Kebab Place in Greenpoint

Kestane Kebab offers delicious Turkish food at reasonable prices in Greenpoint.
This small restaurant with Turkish ornaments on the optimistic orange walls was an American dream for its owner, Mustafa Duru, 30, who came to New York 12 years ago.

"I started with dishwashing and, now, I am the restaurant owner," said Duru, who is proud of his well-managed place. "It needs a lot of work, but it's worth it."

Duru didn't know how to cook when he came to America, but he learned after working for other Turkish chefs. Today, his restaurant is a favorite not only among Americans, but among local Turks as well, which proves the authenticity of its cuisine.

"I didn't expect to have Turkish clients," he said. "They are coming back, so I guess they like my kitchen."

The most popular item on the menu is vegetarian falafel, $5, which is made of chick peas, onions, parsley and garlic. The restaurant also serves chicken and lamb gyro, $8. These are layers of marinated meat wrapped around a large vertical spit and grilled in front of a charcoal fire.

All entrées are served with rice, lettuce, onion, grilled tomatoes and pita bread. It could also be topped with a local favorite - homemade garlic sauce.

Turkish Delight in Clifton, NJ

Suzan Boluk and her mom Yadigar Citlak buy some Siyah Zeytin olives at the olive bar at Istanbul Food Bazaar in Clifton. Photo: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger
During the past decade, Paterson's "Little Arabia" neighborhood has continued to expand, and on any given day, you can follow the scents of Middle Eastern delicacies -- briny feta, peppery lamb kebabs, pastries infused with orange blossom water -- as you walk along upper Main Street. There are so many street vendors, restaurants, markets and bakeries within about a dozen square blocks, it's like eating your way through outdoor street markets in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt or Turkey.

In October, local businessman Turgay Ugur Ayduk opened Istanbul Food Bazaar a few blocks away from the crowds in nearby Clifton, and my friend Jan discovered it while driving by. We went back for a visit, and this has become my go-to store for all things Turkish. As is common in ethnic markets, the prices are low, quality is high and made-from-scratch with no additives is a given.
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