Monthly Archives: October 2014

An Actor In Our Midst

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Nobody got the right answer to last week’s little quiz. The correct answer is that Joe was the little boy in red in the cinematic masterpiece Three Men and a Baby. Here’s a short interview with Joe about his thespianism:

How old were you?

I was 3.

Do you remember doing it?

Not particularly. I have memories of being in Central Park that might get mixed with that.

How did it come about?

My mother was in Bloomingdale’s returning a gift for my newborn sister. She needed money to buy diapers. She was approached by a recruiter because of my sister.  They called us a few times later on, and my sister did some advertisements, and my sister had worked as a stand-in for the baby in the film in a couple scenes, and then they called us about something happening at Central Park. They were going to film a scene in Central Park and they wanted families and kids to be there playing.

Did you get paid for it?

We did. Maybe enough for a haircut and a pair of sneakers.

So you don’t see any royalties?

No, no royalties. Maybe I should ask a lawyer about that.

Did you or your mom meet Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, or Steve Guttenberg?

No, we never got to know them.

If you could meet one of the three, which one would you want to meet?

That’s a tough question. Maybe Tom Selleck.

What do you think of the movie?

Timeless classic comes to mind. I think it’s well-written, it’s well-acted, and I think the extras really give it that extra something special.

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Fall Back!

The time changes at 2 am this Sunday – that’s because Daylight Savings Time is ending. No one really understands Daylight Savings Time – all we know is that you turn your clock one hour ahead in the spring and one hour back in the fall. In other words…

Spring forward, fall back.

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Enthusiastic Revisited

Here’s a video from Sesame Street featuring last week’s Awesome Adjective:

Enthusiastic means you’re really excited about something, so yes, Elmo and Mindy Kaling are very enthusiastic. Mindy and Elmo are enthusiastic about dancing and chickens, but, chickens, for the record, are not so enthusiastic about dancing. Instead, they like to hop up and down. What are you enthusiastic about?

You can catch Sesame Street in the morning and the afternoon, weekdays on PBS.

For more fun games and videos for your preschooler in a safe, child-friendly environment, visit http://www.sesamestreet.org

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Bring Home the Bacon Revisited

Here’s an interesting comic strip about the origins of last week’s idiom from professorpotts.com:

 

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Remembering Sandy Event

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Here’s the location on Google Maps:

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Hurricane Sandy Came on Monday Night

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Hurricane Sandy struck two years ago this week. This is one student’s experience, taken from Changing Every Day. When you’re finished reading, take the quiz to test your comprehension.

Hurricane Sandy

Helen Huang

A hurricane is horrible; it can destroy houses, trees, and hurt people. It can also knock down power lines and cause floods.

Hurricane Sandy came on Monday night. That day I bought a lot of food: vegetables, fish, meat, noodles, milk, bottled water and some dry food. Also I prepared a lot of water in buckets. I heard the radio say: “Hurricane Sandy is going to be more serious than Hurricane Irene.” So that morning, I made a lot of food in case the power went out because we had decided to stay home. At 7:00 p.m., I called my friend who lives in my neighborhood. She said, “Maybe at 8 p.m., there will be no light and no water.” She told me to store water. At that time, it was dark outside with strong winds and heavy rain; the hurricane was coming. I asked my son and my daughter to come eat immediately, because I was worried about the power shutting down. So we ate quickly. After we ate, my husband helped me clean and wash all of the dishes .Suddenly, the light turned off. It was 8:40 p.m. My home was in complete darkness.

I took out the candles, and my son helped me to light them. My daughter was excited, so she called her cousins and asked them if they still had light. I called my brother to tell him that we had no power. He said there were no problems at his home. After that, all the phones stopped working too, so we couldn’t make phone calls. Everyone in my home was quiet. Outside it was still raining hard, and it was very windy. I looked out the window: The road was flooded, and I couldn’t see anything outside. At that moment, no water was coming either. My son said: “We have nothing to do.”

I said, “Go to sleep.”

He said, “It’s too early to go to sleep; we can play cards.” So we played cards with the light from the candles. I have never experienced this, but we enjoyed playing, specifically my daughter, because she won many times.

The next morning, I woke up at 9, and I looked out the window. The storm had stopped, the sky was bright, outside was quiet, and a lot of leaves and branches had fallen on the ground. A few cars were running, and a few people were walking on the street. I turned on the radio, and I heard that a lot of areas were flooded and had no power. There were no subways and no school. It was terrible; people stayed home waiting for the power to return.

My neighborhood, Chinatown, was a dead town. After the hurricane, all of the stores were closed. People couldn’t buy food or what they needed to buy. Some charities sent food and water door to door, and the military cars in my neighborhood gave food and water to people. People carried water from the fire hydrants. Some people live on high floors, and they climbed upstairs with difficulty with a bucket of water.

Fortunately, the buses were running, so people could take the bus to work and could go uptown to buy food. On Thursday, we went to my brother’s home until the power returned, which was Friday night. Thank God.

During those four days with no power, people suffered with no water for days. Many people lost their homes and family, a lot of people still have no power, and they still live in the darkness. This was a horrible super storm.

 

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To read more stories from Changing Every Day, click here.

 

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Three Men and an Adult Literacy Program Employee

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Somebody who currently works at the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program once worked with famous American actors Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and Steve Guttenberg in the immortal cinematic 1987 comedy classic Three Men and a Baby. The little boy in the red shirt on the right is him 27 years ago. Guess who it is in the Comments Section – and the first person to guess correctly will win these:

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 If you’re not familiar with the film Three Men and  a Baby, here’s a trailer:

 

 

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