Friday, November 13, 2015

Rocca- Hiring!

This is one of our favorite restaurants so I thought I'd pass their craigslist ad along:

Experienced Line Cook, Restaurant Manager, Busser (Glen Rock)

ROCCA is a chef-owned, family run restaurant with an eclectic menu featuring both classic Italian and New American cuisine. Rocca provides warm hospitality and supports the community, as well as local purveyors.

We're looking for great team members to help us continue to meet and exceed our guest's expectations. If you are a high-energy team player who will do what it takes to ensure guest satisfaction, you've found the perfect match.

We have opportunities available for:
RESTAURANT MANAGER (5 day work week, 50-60 hours)
and BUSSER (Bus boy/bus girl)
and EXPERIENCED LINE COOK experienced in upscale cooking/dining

For the cook and manager positions we'd like for you to have:

2-3+ years of upscale casual or casual dining management experience
High Volume experience a plus
You should be a leader with a positive attitude, enthusiasm and a passion for our guests
Excellent communication skills and a strong attention to detail

Manager should also have:
Outstanding leadership skills, with the ability to effectively communicate, train and develop our team.
Strong computer skills in word, excel and Wordpress are a plus!

We want to hear from you! Email resume...

Equal Opportunity Employer.

203 Rock Road
Glen Rock, NJ

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Vet Dispatch

Our mobile veterinariansI usually meet people wherever I go. Networking is just in my blood. Not even for the usual purpose of networking. I'm not selling anything to anyone or trying to get a job. Sometimes I just like talking. I like chatting with people I don't know. I've met some really cool and interesting people in the strangest of places. I've learned things I didn't know, gathered important information, and sometimes, just got a good laugh. Granted, you never know what you're going to get and I've been immersed in full on crazy with some of the new folks I've opted to converse with. For the most part though, I've come out with positive getting to know you experiences.

E's been on a swim team since September. I really haven't met or clicked with too many of the parents. It's a little cliquey, a little bit language barrier, and I guess the nature of the sport. I'm totally new to swim as a parent and I was never a swimmer. So I don't really know what he's doing down there. To me, it's just, back and forth, back and forth. You're not cheering on a team, and in the meets, sometimes the kids are swimming against their own team members. They're a team but it's also really individual. It's just different than I think the camaraderie is between the parents at other sports.

I finally ended up talking to a mom, Tracy Cohen-Grady at a practice a few weeks ago. Her daughter swims in a higher level than E. I heard her talking to another parent, sounding like she knew what she was talking about regarding the team and such, so I chimed in. I needed SOMEONE to guide me and give me the lowdown on how this sport works. Or I need someone to be able to ask questions at least. She is super friendly and nice so the hour went by very quickly. I told her what I do and then asked what she does for a living. She was knitting so I thought it would have something to do with that. She does sell her knitting, which are very cool looking holiday ornament covers, but she does something else that's pretty unique and cool that I'm writing about today.

Tracy is a veterinarian. She works with VETdispatch which is a house call veterinary practice.  They basically take their exam and treatment rooms with them into the comfort of the patient's home. I don't have pets, but I do have a lot of friends with pets. I hear never-ending stories about how hard it is to transport animals. They don't like the carrier, the car, or they just know they must be going to the doctor. Kind of like a toddler.This idea seems like a great one. Just like when we're sick, or our kids, it would sometimes be really nice to be able to go back to the days of doctor house calls. If your pet is really sick, I'm sure that often, it seems like the worst or meanest idea ever to have to move him or her. 

Check them out. They're providing a great service. They service NJ, CT, MD, DC and PA. There are numbers to call for each area on their website.
Their website is


Tuesday, November 3, 2015


It's the beginning of a new month and while the weather here is positively lovely, I have another heart-tugging story to share. I wish I didn't. It actually sucks. It isn't my story. A friend of mine wrote me the other morning. Toni Drummond, a Zeta Tau Alpha sister, not from Rider but from an alumni group I used to belong to, asked me if I would share this story. It's about her nephew. If I can help, I help. The only way I really have of helping people is through my blog.

I copied the story from the GoFundMe page. Two weeks old is too young to have to deal with disease. At any age, no one wants to hear words like tumor or cancer. But two weeks old breaks my heart. If you feel so inclined....

From the GoFundMe:

Last Wednesday Ryan and Tara received news that no parents should ever have to hear. Their story begins like this.....

During a routine 2 week checkup, for a seemingly perfect and healthy baby boy, the pediatrician identified that Jackson's belly was distended. After a quick exam, and a second opinion, it was recommended that Jackson be taken to the ER to investigate the cause. They made their way to the ER right away, and after an MRI and Xray, it was determined that Jackson had Neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a rare pediatric cancer, that requires specialized treatment. Jackson was immediately transferred to Hackensack Hospital for further testing. Jackson had to undergo an additional MRI with contrast to see where the tumor was, and how far it had spread. Tumors were identified within the spinal cord and adrenal glands; which is typical of Neuroblastoma, but it had also spread to the liver, causing the abdominal distention. A biopsy was done of the liver, and a central line was placed in Jackson's chest in order to immediately begin chemotherapy.

Jackson is now undergoing rounds of chemo that cycle 3 days on and 3 weeks off. Jackson has certainly inherited his strong will to be a fighter from his mommy and daddy. Looking at this handsome boy, you would never be able to tell how sick he is. He has been such a good boy through this all, and we all can't wait for this to be behind the family.

There is a long road ahead of the Walsh family, and we don't know what the future will bring with medical bills or out of pocket expenses. This page is geared to prepare the family for their future.

Tara and Ryan appreciate the outpouring of love, support and prayers that have been offered to their family in this time of need.

Facebook Page for Jackson- for info, updates, etc -