Sunday, December 16, 2012

Cold Smoked Salmon Recall

Ocean Beauty Seafoods has announced a voluntary recall of two kinds of cold smoked salmon.

The company says there is a slight risk of listeria, in the packages.

It effects three ounce Nathan's Brand Cold Smoked Atlantic Salmon and four ounce Lascco Cold Smoked Nova Atlantic Salmon.

Consumers should look for the pack code 285 and the following barcodes: Lascco's 0 72840 01751 7 and Nathan's 0 73030 80368 2. 

Twelve states are effected by the recall:Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington.

No illnesses have been reported, the recall is merely a precaution, by the company.

Remembering: The Boston Tea Party

Tensions were high in the American colonies, as the colonists grew increasingly angry over British taxation.

In 1773, the Tea Act gave the British East India Company a near monopoly on tea, by lowering the taxes the company had to pay.

Due to that the company was able to under cut anyone else's prices.

Throughout the colonies the Sons of Liberty reacted by threatening captain's who brought tea in, with tar and feathering.

Then the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver sailed into Boston Harbor.

The Sons of Liberty demanded that they be sent back to England, without unloading, but Massachusetts governor Thomas Hutchinson refused their demands.

On the night of December 16, 1773, a group of around sixty colonists, organized by Samuel Adams, dressed as Mohawk Indians and climbed aboard the ships, and dumped the tea into the harbor.

By the time they were done, they had dumped what would now be worth about seven hundred thousand dollars worth of tea.

Britain responded by passing the Coercive Acts, in 1774, which established military rule over Boston.

Soon thereafter the colonies formed the first Continental Congress, and the path towards independence was paved.

Russians Protest in Moscow Despite Fines

Despite being threatened with heavy fines, thousands of people protested in Moscow, on Saturday.

They met in front of the



Abe's Wins Election in Japan

Japan held national elections, on Saturday, and to no one's surprise Shinzo Abe was elected to Prime Minister.

His Liberal Democratic party had resounding success in the elections, winning nearly three hundred of the four hundred and eighty seats, in the lower house.

Abe will be Japan's seventh prime minister, in six years, a post which he held back in 2007.

He has promised to recover Japan's economy, strengthen Japan's military, return to nuclear power, defend Japan's territory from China, and block North Korea from expanding their nuclear and missile programs.

China had warned the Japanese people to not vote for the LDP, which only further inflamed the Japanese into doing so.

Iran Warns Against Patriots in Turkey, Suggests Elections in Syria

General Hassan Firouzabadi, of Iran, stated on Saturday, that Iran is not happy with NATO placing Patriot missiles in Turkey.

"Each one of these Patriots is a black mark on the world map, and is meant to cause a world war. They are making plans for a world war and this is very dangerous for the future of humanity and for the future of Europe itself."

NATO is placing the missiles, in Turkey, at the country's request.

Turkey asked for the batteries to defend itself against strikes from Syria.

Several times, during the twenty-one month long Syrian civil war, rounds and air strikes have crossed over the border, and struck in or near Turkey.

Iran has remained Syria's staunchest supporter, but even they have now suggested that the country consider elections, in order to end the bloodshed.

Over fifty thousand people have lost their lives in the conflict.

Gunman Shoots 50 Rounds Into the Air and Ground at California Mall

Fashion Island, in Newport Beach, California, was shut down for part of Saturday.

At about 16:30 PST, a man with a gun fired at least fifty rounds into the air and ground.

Forty-two year old Marcos Gurrola was quickly arrested by police who had been on patrol, nearby.

No one was injured in the incident, and no motive has been ascertained.
The mall was locked down until police declared the scene secure.

Indiana Man Arrested After Threatening Elementary School Shooting

Sixty year old Von Meyer was arrested, after police were called to his home, on Friday.

On Saturday, he was charged with felony intimidation, domestic battery, and resisting law enforcement.

According to Cedar Lake, Indiana police he threatened to light his wife on fire, if she fell asleep.

He then said he enter the elementary school, next door, and kill as many as he could, before police could stop him.

In a search of his home, police found forty-seven different guns, many of which were collector's pieces.

Meyer is being held without bail.

Remembering The Sandy Hook Victims

On Friday, December 14, 2012 a shooting occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut.

Twenty-six people were slain there, six staff and teachers and twenty first graders.

Here we will remember those whose lives were lost in the tragedy.

May they forever be remembered.


Charlotte Bacon, six, loved the color pink and her family was considering sending her to private school, because she was asking to be challenged more in her school work.

The family released a statement saying:

Charlotte Helen Bacon is the beloved daughter of Joel and JoAnn Bacon, and the sister of Guy Bacon. Charolette was an extraordinarily gifted six year old who filled her family each day with joy and love. The family will forever remember her beautiful smile, her energy for life, and the unique way she expressed her individuality usually with the color pink. Charolette never met and animal she didn't love, and since the age of two wanted to be a Veterinarian. She also enjoyed practicing Tae Kwon Do weekly with her Dad and brother where she relished kicking and throwing punches!

Charlotte has left a place in her entire extended family's hearts that will never be replaced. The family is profoundly grateful for the thoughts and prayers of the many friends around the world who expressed their sympathies. They trust in the depths of God's grace, and with confidence, know that Charolette rests in God's arms.

Daniel Barden, seven, loved to swim and was described as fearless, having "earned his ripped jeans and missing front teeth".

 In a released statement, the family said, "He embodied everything that is wholesome and innocent in the world. Our hearts break over losing him and for the many other families suffering loss."

Rachel D'Avino, twenty-nine, was an intern, who worked one one one with special needs children, and had just started at the school, this month.

She was a student at University of Saint Joseph studying Applied Behavior Analysis.

Her family described her as an animal lover who had a great sense of humor.

Rachel's boyfriend had just asked her parents for her hand, and had been planning to propose on Christmas Eve.


Olivia Engel, six, was remembered in a statement released by the family:
Olivia's favorite colors were pink and purple, he said. Her favorite stuffed animal was a lamb. She loved school and did well in math and reading. She liked to draw and took art classes. She played tennis and soccer, and liked musical theater.

Olivia was a Daisy Girl Scout, enjoyed swimming, and took dance lessons in ballet and hip hop.

She was an active member of her family's church, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown, where she was supposed to appear in a Nativity play as an angel over the weekend. Every night, she led grace at her family's dinner table.
Josephine Gay, had just turned seven, on the eleventh.


Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, forty-seven.

She had served as the school's principal for the last two years, and was well loved in her role.

Parents commented that they never saw her without a smile.

It was her guidance that saw the installation of a security system in the school, which required visitors to be rung in, by a staff member.

Hochsprung lived in Woodbury, Connecticut, with her husband, two daughters and three stepdaughters.
Dylan Hockley, six, was remembered in a statement released by the family:
We want to give sincere thanks and appreciation to the emergency services and first responders who helped everyone on Friday, Dec. 14. It was an impossible day for us, but even in our grief we cannot comprehend what other people may have experienced.

The support of our beautiful community and from family, friends and people around the world has been overwhelming and we are humbled. We feel the love and comfort that people are sending and this gives our family strength. We thank everyone for their support, which we will continue to need as we begin this long journey of healing.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have also been affected by this tragedy. We are forever bound together and hope we can support and find solace with each other.Sandy Hook and Newtown have warmly welcomed us since we moved here two years ago from England. We specifically chose Sandy Hook for the community and the elementary school. We do not and shall never regret this choice. Our boys have flourished here and our family's happiness has been limitless.
We cannot speak highly enough of Dawn Hochsprung and Mary Sherlach, exceptional women who knew both our children and who specifically helped us navigate Dylan's special education needs. Dylan's teacher, Vicki Soto, was warm and funny and Dylan loved her dearly. We take great comfort in knowing that Dylan was not alone when he died, but was wrapped in the arms of his amazing aide, Anne Marie Murphy. Dylan loved Mrs. Murphy so much and pointed at her picture on our refrigerator every day. Though our hearts break for Dylan, they are also filled with love for these and the other beautiful women who all selflessly died trying to save our children.

Everyone who met Dylan fell in love with him. His beaming smile would light up any room and his laugh was the sweetest music. He loved to cuddle, play tag every morning at the bus stop with our neighbors, bounce on the trampoline, play computer games, watch movies, the color purple, seeing the moon and eating his favorite foods, especially chocolate. He was learning to read and was so proud when he read us a new book every day. He adored his big brother Jake, his best friend and role model.

There are no words that can express our feeling of loss. We will always be a family of four, as though Dylan is no longer physically with us, he is forever in our hearts and minds. We love you Mister D, our special gorgeous angel.

Madeline Hsu, six.
Catherine Hubbard, six, loved animals and her favorite place was the Newtown Animal Shelter.
Chase Kowalski, seven, loved to be outside riding his bicycle, running or playing baseball.

At the age of six, he completed his first triathlon and was an active Cub Scout.
Jesse Lewis, six, loved going to the construction sites his dad, a contractor, was working at.
Ana Marquez-Greene, six, was remembered in a statement released by the family:
It is with immeasurable grief and heavy-heartedness that we mourn the loss of our precious angel, Ana Grace Marquez-Greene. She was taken from us far too soon in the horrific massacre enacted upon Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning December 14, 2012. She was 6 ½ years old.
In her short life, Ana strengthened us with her loving, generous joyful spirit. She routinely committed selfless acts of kindness: every drawing or craft project she began was envisioned not for her own enjoyment, but as a gift for another. She often left sweet notes that read, "I love you Mom and Dad," under our bedroom pillow – not on special occasions, but, rather, on ordinary days. She would not allow me to kiss her goodbye. Instead, when I bent down to kiss her, she would take a step backwards, poke out her lips and wait for me to lower my cheek -she made it clear that she wanted to do the kissing.
Ana's love for singing was evident before she was even able to talk. In a musical family, her gift for melody, pitch and rhythm stood out remarkably. And she never walked anywhere – her mode of transportation was dance. She danced from room to room and place to place. She danced to all the music she heard, whether in air or in her head. Ana loved her God, loved to read the Bible and loved to sing and dance as acts of worship.
We ask that you pray for the legions of people who are left behind to cherish memories of her. We also ask that you, like Ana, commit selfless acts of kindness to all those around you. Maybe, in some way, through love, similar senseless acts of violence could be prevented. Funeral arrangements will be announced soon. In lieu of gifts and flowers, the family is working to establish scholarships in Ana's name at Western Connecticut State University's Department of Music in Danbury, Conn. and the Artist's Collective in Hartford, Conn.

James Mattioli, six, was very active and loved arm wrestling, baseball, basketball, hockey, and swimming.

He also loved food and math.
Grace McDonnell, seven.

Anne Marie Murphy, fifty-two, was a special education assistant.

According to authorities, she died shielding the children in her classroom.

She loved walking and movies.

Anne left behind four children of her own, the youngest of whom is a senior in high school.

Emilie Parker, six, was an avid artist, who specialized in making cards for people.

She was responsible for teaching her younger sisters, three and four years old, how to dance, read, and enjoy life.

Her father and her had been learning Portuguese together.
Jack Pinto, six, loved baseball, wrestling, and was New York Giants fan.

Noah Pozner, six, loved animals, reading, and video games.

His sense of humor kept the family laughing many nights.

They also remember his mischievousness and his endless stream of questions, as he tried to understand how the world works.

The family released a statement saying:
On Friday, Dec. 14, we tragically lost a most beloved member of our family. Noah was a 6-year-old little boy, and he was so dear to all of our hearts.

Words cannot express the unfathomable loss we feel.

Noah was a wonderful son and a loving brother. He was kind, caring, smart, funny, and sometimes even a little mischievous. He liked to tell his sisters that he worked in a taco factory; when they asked him how he got to work, he would give them a funny look as if to say he knew something that they didn't.

Noah was a little kid. He loved animals, video games and Mario Brothers. He was already a very good reader, and had just bought a Ninjago book at a book fair that he was really excited about reading. He was also very excited about going to a birthday party he had been invited to. It was to take place on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Noah loved his family dearly, especially his mom, his dad, his big sisters Danielle and Sophia, his big brother Michael, and his dear twin Arielle. He called Arielle his best friend, and she was — and always had been.

If Noah had not been taken from us, he would have become a great man. He would been a wonderful husband and a loving father. He would have been a backbone of our family for years to come. His loss, and our loss, are deep indeed.

It is unspeakably tragic that none of us can bring Noah back. We would go to the ends of the Earth to do so, but none of us can.

What we can do is carry Noah within us, always. We can remember the joy he brought to us. We can hold his memory close to our hearts. We can treasure him forever. And all of us, including the family, the community, the country and the world, can honor Noah by loving each other and taking care of each other. That's what Noah would have wanted.

Noah, we love you so much, we miss you dearly, and we will never, ever forget you.

Caroline Previdi, six.

Jessica Rekos, six, loved horses and whales.

Avielle Richman, six, took up archery after seeing the movie Brave.

She also loved to read.

Lauren Rousseau, thirty, loved UConn women's basketball.

Teaching had been her dream, since before she ever attended school.

Her family said they are grateful she had achieved her dreams.

In November, she had been hired as a permanent substitute teacher at Sandy Hook.

Mary Sherlach, fifty-six.

She had been the school's school psychologist, since 1994.

Her husband, of more than thirty years, and her lived in Trumbull, Connecticut.

They have two daughters in their twenties.


Victoria Soto, twenty-seven, had been a teacher at Sandy Hook for five years.

She is credited with hiding as many students as she could in cupboards and closets, and then shielding the rest with her own body when the shooter entered.

Benjamin Wheeler, six, is remembered for his comedic timing and his improv comedy.

The family released a statement saying:
Ben Wheeler was an irrepressibly bright and spirited boy whose love of fun and excitement at the wonders of life and the world could rarely be contained. His rush to experience life was headlong, creative and immediate. He was a devoted fan of his older brother, Nate, and the two of them together filled the house with the noise of four children. He loved the local soccer program, often running across the field long after it was actually necessary, but always smiling and laughing as he moved the ball nearly always at full tilt. He was becoming a strong swimmer and loved his lessons. Eager to learn, he couldn't wait to get to school to see his teacher and his growing group of new first grade friends. Ben was also a member of Tiger Scout Den 6 which met at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Firehouse. Earlier in December, Ben performed at his piano recital and sitting still long enough to play one piece was an accomplishment he reveled in. He loved The Beatles, lighthouses, and the number 7 train to Sunnyside, Queens. In a conversation with Francine [his mother] before school on Friday, he said, "I still want to be an architect, but I also want to be a paleontologist, because that's what Nate is going to be and I want to do everything Nate does."

Allison Wyatt, six











We will continue to update this as more comes out about each of them.