Monmouth Flower Shop News
N.Y. man who buried the man he murdered behind a N.J. florist shop found guilty - NJ.comTuesday, January 22, 2019
A New York man who brutally murdered a Connecticut man and then buried his body in a makeshift grave in Monmouth County was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder and other charges, officials said. James Rackover, 27, was also found guilty by a Manhattan jury of the 2016 murder of Joseph Comunale, 26, of Stamford, Connecticut, as well as hindering prosecution and concealment of a human corpse, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr."Adored by his friends and family, Mr. Comunale had a promising future ahead of him when his life was so tragically cut short," Vance said in a release. "He was murdered in cold blood in a crime of unconscionable violence, his body mutilated, thrown from a fourth-story window, and abandoned behind a florist's shop in New Jersey."Comunale was stabbed 15 times on Nov. 13 at Rackover's East 59th Street apartment following a party also attended by Lawrence Dilione, 28, of Jersey City and Max Gemma, 30, of Oceanport, authorities said.Both men are also facing charges related to the incident, including a second-degree murd... https://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2018/11/ny_man_who_buried_the_man_he_murdered_behind_a_nj_florist_shop_found_guilty.html
Mother's Day flower surprise for 'forgotten women' in HowellTuesday, June 05, 2018
HOWELL - It was May 2006, two days before Mother’s Day, when a sad epiphany struck Jane Miller. The Howell resident was working at a Monmouth County retirement community when she noticed one of the residents had spent the entire day in the lobby. “The woman was sitting there watching bouquets being brought in for anybody but her,” Miller said. “It bothered me to no end.” Finally, in the late afternoon, Miller asked the resident if she was OK. “She said, ‘I don’t have any family,’” Miller recalled. “I’m just enjoying watching all these flowers come in.” The woman was an “elder orphan” — someone who is aging alone, with no family available. AARP estimates more than one in five Americans older than 65 are elder orphans or at risk of becoming one. Given the unprecedented size of the baby boomer generation and ever-increasing longevity rates, that means there could be 10 million elder orphans in the U.S. right now. ... https://www.app.com/story/news/local/values/2018/05/11/mothers-day-flowers-senior-citizens/592375002/
Fire engulfs Mueller's Flowers & Gifts in Manasquan - NJ.comTuesday, August 29, 2017
Brielle, Sea Girt and Wall Township fire departments also responded to the scene, along with the Monmouth County rehab unit and a rapid-intervention team from Asbury Park, Kircher said.The fire chief said the blaze declared under control at 9:03 p.m., and one firefighter was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of minor injuries. State Highway 71 was reopened to traffic at 10:15 p.m.Kircher said the Monmouth County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.Video courtesy of Stephanie Hardvig. Thomas Moriarty may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @ThomasDMoriarty. Find NJ.com on Facebook.Have a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips... http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2017/08/fire_engulfs_muellers_flowers_gifts_in_manasquan.html
Archive: The 2006 NJ government shutdown - from casinos to courts, all were quiet - NorthJersey.comWednesday, July 05, 2017
Racetrack. The horses were fed and stables cleaned early Wednesday, but within hours it was all but deserted. Eleven scheduled races were canceled because state racing regulators had been furloughed. Monmouth Park and even the privately owned Freehold Raceway also went dark Wednesday. "We're all sitting around earning nothing," said John Campbell, harness racing's all-time leading driver who has been racing at the Meadowlands for 28 years. "If it goes too long, we'll have to look [for races] in other states. "You can never underestimate the stupidity of politicians when you're trying to close a deficit," he said. Park is off-limits Liberty State Park in Jersey City was also desolate, as the shutdown and heavy rain conspired to keep most visitors away. Rangers kept watch at the park's gates, allowing tourists through provided they were headed to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty or the Liberty House restaurant, which were open. Visitors simply angling for a walk in the park, however, were turned away. "It's a bad thing for the visitors," said Edward Urbanski of Chicago, who was hoping to give his family a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline. "The guy told me it's because New Jersey doesn't have a budget. It's bad for us. We wanted to see the whole thing -- the view of New York, Jersey City, everything." In Wayne, a steady stream of motorists drove up the Motor Vehicle Commission office only to find a hastily-scrawled sign on the door that read: "Closed by Order of the Governor." Florist Pablo Perez was trying to help his new delivery man, Silvio Palacios, 42, obtain a temporary license. Palacios had just arrived from Ecuador on a work visa. "In my home country, we have a way of taking care of this problem," Perez said. "It's called a bribe." Perez was hoping the state Legislature would solve the problem soon. "We'll send them flowers when they do," he said. The shutdown ... http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2017/06/29/archive-2006-n-j-government-shutdown-casinos-courts-all-were-quiet/441472001/
Sweet smell of success at Silver Tulip Florist - Asbury Park PressTuesday, May 02, 2017
CLOSE The Asbury Park Press is launching the Small Business Innovator of the Year Awards, searching for the most innovative companies in Monmouth and Ocean counties in six categories. Ryan RossBuy PhotoStore manager Annarose Guarnieri works on an arrangement at Silver Tulip Florist in Middletown.(Photo: Doug Hood)Buy PhotoMIDDLETOWN - Ever since she was a kid in the Middletown area, Bridget Matthews always loved flowers and was very hands on in the field.“I grew up working at Lincroft Florist, cleaning flowers and helping the owners around the shop,” said the 49-year-old resident of the Lincroft section. “I’ve always loved how happy flowers can make people and the level of comfort and joy they can bring, even during difficult times like funerals.”Matthews ultimately became a second grade and communion teacher at Saint Leo the Great School in Middletown, but the appeal of working with flowers never really subsided, nor did her experience in the field go unnoticed. So in 2015, when the owner of Silver Tulip Florist on Newman Springs Road contacted her to ask if she’d be interested in buying the shop she’d owned since 2... http://www.app.com/story/money/business/main-street/2017/03/01/silver-tulip-florist/98350178/
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
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
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/