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Life in prison for Ridgefield florist in partner's murder - Rutherford Daily VoiceTuesday, March 19, 2019
Murphy’s body on Jan. 6, 2010 and “literally ran across Midland Avenue to Garfield Police headquarters across the street,” Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said at the time. Neary told the jurors that the driver had immigration issues and was in hot water with Murphy for a series of flat tires. Murphy had questioned him about the flats that morning before he left to take a delivery to Glen Rock, he noted. Battinelli not only had “motive, means and opportunity” — he was the only person left in the building with Murphy when the driver and another left that morning, Grootenboer countered. After the shooting, she said, Battinelli drove across town to the City Hall on a “non-emergency errand” to buy parking passes, she said. “By his own admission, Thomas Battinelli was the last person to see Michael Murphy,” the prosecutor said. “It didn’t take long for Battinelli, an experienced hunter, to kill his unsuspecting friend.” A Garfield police dispatcher later testified that Battinelli was still at the City Hall when they called him to report that Murphy had been found dead. The murder weapon was found in the walk-in refrigerator at G&M under a pile of decorative branches, Grootenboer said. Battinelli bought the Browning .22 lever-action rifle at Ramsey Outdoor, she told jurors. When a Garfield police sergeant found it, she said, “the trigger was in the locked back position indicating it had been fired. It had one spent .22 caliber shell casing inside, and one .22 caliber bullet. “The bullet had a “B” stamp on the bottom of it. On January 6, 2010 when investigators searched Thomas Battinelli’s house, they found the same ammunition there.” Subsequent testing turned up Battinelli’s right, middle fingerprint on the gun. During his closing arguments, Neary ( left ) told jurors: “The fact it is Tom Battinelli’s gun and fingerprints isn’t proof.” STORY / PHOTOS: Mary K. Miraglia RELATED: Garfield florist convicted of murdering partner YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Jurors in Hackensack today convicted Ridgefield flower salesman Thomas Battinelli of shooting his business partner in the back of the head as he sat at his desk in their Garfield shop. READ MORE…. Prosecutors got ‘wrong man’ in Garfield florist partner’s murder, defense attorney says YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Money was the motive for Ridgefield flower salesman Thomas Battinelli to shoot his business partner in the back of the head as he sat at his desk, reading the Bergen Record, in their Garfield shop, a prosecutor told jurors in Hackensack during opening arguments in the murder trial this morning. But Battinelli’s attorney insisted they got the wrong man — and pointed instead to one of their drivers. READ MORE…. Son of slain Garfield florist speaks well of accused killer CVP EXCLUSIVE: The son of a man shot dead at his wholesale flower business in Garfield had nothing but nice things to tell jurors today about his father’s business partner, who is standing trial for his murder. READ MORE…. p c... https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/hackensack/police-fire/life-in-prison-for-ridgefield-florist-in-partners-murder/628687/
Richmond Hill Players staging 'Flowers for Algernon' - Galva NewsTuesday, October 11, 2016
Tom Morrow and Chris Sanders-Ring, of Rock Island; Lindsay Achenbach, Don Faust and Jim?Strauss, of Davenport, Iowa; Spiro Bruskas, of Aledo; Vicki Deusinger, of Galesburg; Lona Friedman, of East Moline; Terri Nelson, of Lynn Center; and Nicholas Waldbusser, of Hampton.The staff includes stage manager and set builder Mike Skiles, of Geneseo; lighting designer Terry Wilkerson, of Davenport, Iowa; and crew members Taylor McKean, of?Geneseo; and Dee Raver, of Kewanee.Thursdays, Fridays and?Saturdays doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.Sundays are 3 p.m. matinees with doors opening at 2 p.m. An audio description performance will be Friday, Oct. 7.Reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting the Richmond Hill box office at 944-2244 or by visiting www.rhplayers.com. http://www.galvanews.com/news/20160929/richmond-hill-players-staging-flowers-for-algernon
After 3 years, prairie planting is awash in life, color - Quad City TimesTuesday, July 26, 2016
Milan in 2010, and in the fall of 2012 began planting the former lawn and pasture into prairie.Schmidt was inspired by a biology class she took at Black Hawk College, Moline, that discussed people's negative impact on Earth and the need for sustainability and stewardship. She realized she could do something to make a difference.The Schmidts' tract is, overall, a steep slope that descends to Mill Creek with oak, hickory and walnut trees and assorted "brush" at the bottom. They divided the acreage into two major planting areas — upper and lower.In planting the upper portion, the Schmidts consulted with Alex Schorg, of Aunt Rhodie's Landscape & Design, Davenport, who suggested planting seven prairie "islands" with mowed paths in between rather than one continuous field.Islands, he said, would create more of a tidy, garden look that likely would go over better with neighbors. The paths also would create a natural firebreak when the Schmidts needed to burn the prairie. Burning is a management practice that encourages prairie plants and discourages non-natives. With individual beds rather than one big field, the Schmidts likely could burn on their own.They held their first burn in March, on the upper portion, with help from Eric Anderson, executive director of the River Bend Wildland Trust, a nonprofit environmental stewardship organization with an office in Moline.Fire left the ground completely black. Steve Schmidt didn't think he'd see any flowers for another year. But now, in the middle of July, the prairie is as tall, lush and colorful as its ever been. Tami even sees flowers she hadn't seen before such as blazing star and downy sunflower. Perhaps the seeds were lying in the soil all along and needed only the nudge of heat to get them going. "They told me that might happen," she said of the ne... http://qctimes.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/after-years-prairie-planting-is-awash-in-life-color/article_7820b2e0-1594-5001-b46a-3c1bbec47370.html
How to move on after a disappointing Valentine's Day - Quad City TimesThursday, February 18, 2016
You can make up for a Valentine’s Day blunder, local romance experts say.Both Meghan Strohman, manager of Necker’s Jewelers in DeWitt, Iowa, and Jeannie Mannion, with Miller’s Florist in Moline, both suggest going big to get back into good graces. Admittedly, both say they don’t have to deal with the situation frequently.A big flower arrangement might heal some wounds, Mannion said.“I’ll tell them, ‘You really screwed up, so you really might want to do something extra nice, extra special.’”Strohman understands that not everyone “does” romance and that it is her job to coax it out of them. The three days before Valentine’s Day were busy, and the shop opened especially on Sunday because of the holiday.“We try to help them be romantic and give them ideas,” she said. “Whether they listen or not is one thing.”For Valentine’s Day, the shop sold many bracelets, charms and necklaces for women and watches, necklaces and some bracelets for men. If somebody comes into the store today with a hat in hand — and a wallet out, Strohman knows what she’ll say: “Let’s try to knock her socks off with an awesome piece of jewelry.”“Her socks?” Are the people in the dog house usually men? Most of the time, yes, both say they are working with men. How about women?“No, they never blow it,” Mannion said, only half teasing.ForgivenessThe Rev. Richard Pokora, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bettendorf, said dwelling on disappointment and hurt keeps couples from ... http://qctimes.com/news/local/how-to-move-on-after-a-disappointing-valentine-s-day/article_add20f55-dcf4-5b4e-b726-2f3056b1ed7d.html
Business profile: Tanya Cherry, Owner of Prairie Floral - Gering CitizenWednesday, December 23, 2015
Prohs Furniture in Gering for several decades, mostly during Tanya’s childhood. After Jim Prohs closed his furniture store, he became a speech communications professor at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill., until he retired and returned to Gering. Jim Prohs joined his parents, Dick and Dorothy Prohs in their business. Her paternal grandfather Dick, who worked on the Manhattan Project and served in the Navy, along with his wife Dorothy Prohs, joined his father Otto Prohs in the family business, Prohs Furniture.Several stores were opened by Tanya’s great grandfather Otto Prohs and his brother. The stores were known as Prohs Bros.Tanya planted the seeds of becoming a businesswoman not too long after she graduated from Gering High School in 1991. She was 19 when she married her husband Aaron, who was a soldier stationed in Texas. Both admitted they were too young when they tied the knot and went their separate ways about the time their first son Jerath turned one in 1994. Knowing she wanted to help people in some way, Tanya moved back to Gering to complete her degree in psychology at Chadron State College, graduating in 1998. She also worked part-time at the domestic violence center. Meanwhile Aaron moved to Tennessee to work full-time for that state’s National Guard. Today, he is an ROTC instructor at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. “We went to marriage counseling in the Army before we finally threw in the towel, and it was the worst thing we’d ever done,” Tanya said. “I made up my mind after seeing that marriage counselor, that exposure was more damaging than helpful. My goal was to be a counselor for the military. I wanted to work with them to maintain healthy relationships. It’s hard when you move like that, have no family, and no support system, nobody in place when you have issues like that. Having somebody to talk to would have been nice. I just thought, no wonder people aren’t staying together.”In the summer of 1999, Tanya moved to Tennessee when her 7-year-old son Jerath wanted to get to know his father better. A year later, Aaron was offered a job here in Nebraska, and he had asked Tanya to join him. The couple returned to Gering later that year. Aaron took a job with the Irrigation District, and Tanya worked at Goodwill setting up its job retention program. Feeling older and wiser, and accomplishing some of their original career goals, the couple remarried on Jan. 1, 2001, and two years later had a second son whom they named Braydon. These days, both Jerath and Braydon can be seen working at Prairie Floral, running deliveries and carrying out sundry tasks, both sons making their mom proud for the comments they receive about their superb customer service.Tanya was taught similarly by her own father. “We were never given anything,” she said. “We had to work for everything we had, even at home. We had very serious chores. We earned allowance. Our punishment was lo... http://www.geringcitizen.com/articles.php?ID%3D8168%26Title%3DBusiness%2520profile:%2520Tanya%2520Cherry,%2520Owner%2520of%2520Prairie%2520Floral%2520%26%2520Gifts:%2520Busy%2520decorating%2520life%2B%255Bpublished%2B2015-12-18%255D%26Member_ID%3D%26l%3D%26First_Name%3D%26Last_Name%3D
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more email@example.com 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html