By Rachel Green
Today I went with my staff Victoria to Island 16 to see the movie ‘The Fablemans.’ I thought there were some funny moments. The main character Sam loved making films, and his mother was very supportive of his creativity. We saw the Fablemans growing up together. There was a lot of drama and the parents were getting a divorce. The mother would sleep all day, but she enjoyed playing the piano as her creative escape. Sam’s dad got new jobs which made the family have to move to new states. Sam and his sisters were upset with the changes, and he was getting bullied and beat up. They made fun of him because he was Jewish by calling him horrible names and hanging a bagel in his locker. There were many challenges, hardships, and stress in the Fableman household. Creativity, art, and love helped Sam and his mother through tough times.
I enjoyed seeing this movie and I would like to continue ‘Rachel’s Reviews.’ I would rate The Fablemans a 10/10. I would recommend to my friends and family.
By Jackson Beach
This past week, I read Attack of the Black Rectangles by A.S. King. I had first heard about this novel while on the site Heavy Medal, which focuses on mock Newbery selections. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually for significant contribution to children’s literature, and this book was one of their sixteen titles discussed and analyzed before a Top 5 selection, which it did not make it to. I had also heard about A.S. King in the past because she had been recognized by the Printz committee for excellence in young adult literature as an honor book and winner and the Margaret Edwards award for contribution to young adult literature over the course of her career in 2022.
However, I like this book because it serves as a sharp critique towards censorship and banning of books, a problem that has plagued American literature heavily over the past year. Sixth grader Mac Delaney lives in a town where one of the teachers at his school, Mrs. Sett, has heavy authority over the town, using it to ban junk food, Halloween, and other things which she thinks will negatively impact the kids. When Mac and his friends Denis and Marci discover that Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic, the book they are reading for school, has certain phrases censored with “black rectangles” for supposed inappropriacy, they decide to fight back against this censorship because according to Theodore Roosevelt, “to be afraid of what is different is to be afraid of life”.
Over the course of the book, Mac and his friends are forced to confront issues such as their own anger and even relationships as well as authority which does not believe them which hampers their revolution. Still, they do not give up because although they have lost several “battles”, they have not won the “war”. My favorite part was when the real Jane Yolen showed up and said that children need to be educated about the Holocaust and mature themes such as body parts and reveals the story’s essential theme of speaking up and telling the truth, because the truth always outshines lies.
I love this book because it shows how when society is faced with issues such as censorship and racism, organizations and people feel compelled to take a stand against it. Although their actions do not immediately end these fights, they know that their actions were a powder keg that helped the fight become stronger.
By Cara Difiore and Christine Grimadi
Today we’ll be talking about why we realize why I think we actually all are aliens and why we also think there is no such thing as typical and the differences between neurodivergence and neurotypicals.
This category is about Neurotypicals vs Neurodivergents where Autistic people compare to Typical people. Neurodiversity is about Autism and Atypical would get along together like hobbies or interest
Christine and I are both neurodivergent (though we don’t have the same disorder) and have been most of our lives.
Most typical people spend their time going on their phones the whole day, spend too much time on Social Media, and go to parties with expensive lifetime experiences like music festivals and spoiling themselves. There always unhappy, and depressed and find ways to get into trouble. There is always talking when there socializing and talking about life and other topics about what’s going on. Some Neurotypicals (not saying all of them) often think it’s cool to use drugs like vapes, cigarettes, and other harmful items, which are very addictive and harm your body. They often talk about the hotter body and good-looking faces which it does sickens people because I would’ve done the same thing. Most of the younger generation like myself don’t even do social activities as they used to. We’re not even typical and I’ve noticed some of this stuff not from every single allistic person but from some of them. I’ve also never done most of these things except being depressed and getting in trouble, not on purpose though. Christine probably has although I can’t speak for her.
Autistic people (like me) are who have like special talents and focus on special events or hobbies because they would go with one task at a time. Sometimes they have trouble communicating because it could be challenging to keep on track with the conversation. They have a mindset of their own world and focus on a time-set schedule so they can focus on what they want to do or go to places that they want to go to or meet up at a specific time. They tend to get extra support if they need help because sometimes does need some assistant help. Autistic people are gifted people and get to have services to get their needs. Autistic people also get extra support and services that typical people don’t get like free healthcare, special services like Self Direction, Financial Planning, special grants, Medical and Health Products, Free Passes, and Discounts like stare parks and special places that serve them. I know all of these not just from doing research but from experience since I’m also on the autism spectrum and I relate to all of this and have this myself too.
I hope this helped you understand and learned something new today.
“ God gave us two hands, one to help ourselves and one to help others. “
13 Hands Equine Rescue and The News Makers have one thing in common. Compassion for all beings and purpose driven work . They spend countless hours trying to take care of every kind of rescue animal, even zebras. The monthly cost of this beautiful rescue is well over 100,000 a month. The compassion speaks for itself, as you witness the animals handled with such love; as some of these animals come off the trucks very distressed.
As we say at our our news media team, “ It takes a village to make dreams come true. “ I have been witnessing this first hand from all the purposeful groups I have designed. I am so proud of our News Media Team@autisticana for they have worked so hard with our motto and teachings that they have learned to bridge the gap between knowing and doing.
We have now found a beautiful rescue on our respite experiential weekends to share our kindness and productivity with.
13 hands equine rescue is truly devoted to the love of people and animals. As one of the biggest advocates for animals, I have witnessed the years of healing through helping animals.
Animals have a magical way of healing anxiety and stressors of life just by showing you how to stay present. The energetic healing that surrounds them is something that words can not express. The beauty of it all is that you need to stay calm and quiet to be received by all animals.
Thus creating a sense of calm and peace for all involved. We call that, “ Dancing with Horses”. As a positive psychology coach , there is no better way for this feeling of magic to appear. You get to move, sweat and serve all for a purpose greater than yourself, and that is the key to sustainable happiness.
The neuro-divergent crowd loves, and relates to super heroes. They, themselves feel like superheroes because they have worked hard to overcome obstacles that life has presented.
These animals, as well are superheroes in their eyes, because they too, have experienced the same feeling. So putting the two groups together are wonderful to watch. There is a-lot of evidence based science (So many clinical abstracts, and so many others to prove this theory.) You do not need to read clinical papers, you just need to see the joy on everyone’s faces.
This weekend we took a couple of our girls to experience the happiness and hard work of the farm. They jumped right in ! They learned how to muck the horse arenas as well as feed the animals. They got to take loads of pictures and feel the love and compassion that encompasses this wonderful foundation.
Danielle and Joanna got to learn from the dentists how much work and dedication go into taking care of all the horses teeth. It’s a lot of mouthfuls !!!
We will be doing a lot more posts on all the education and lessons we will be learning, as we work with 13 hands equine rescue.
I have posted their link so you can all see the love ,
and please donate if you can!
Thank you 13 Hands Equine Rescue for allowing us to be part of your journey.
“ As it’s not how many breathes we take but the moments that take our breathe away “
This picture is the perfect example.
From hard work, to snuggling kittens, to watching the beauty beyond the mommy and baby animals, 13 Hands Equine Rescue encompasses the mantra that “ Team Work Makes The Dream Work
Team Work Makes The Dream Work.
Apps-olutely the finest
Our New Cook Book !
Small Bites, Big Taste
Authors by: Dr. Christine Grimaldi & Scott Weisbrot
We decided to create a few different recipes for pizza appetizers, as newsmaker investigators, the first thing we investigated was where pizza was created.
Pizza originated from ancient civilizations such as the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians who ate their bread in the form of flatbreads with toppings. In the 18th century, pizza was born in Naples, Italy as a cheap and simple dish for the poor. It was not until the late 19th century that pizza gained more respect and popularity, particularly when Italian Raffaele Esposito made a pizza for Queen Margherita in 1889, which was named after her and had the colors of the Italian flag as toppings. Pizza began to spread to other parts of the world, particularly in the United States, through Italian immigrants and the opening of pizzerias and pizza chains. Today, pizza is a beloved and popular fast food enjoyed by people all over the world.
We decided to do a taste among the appetizers we created. We created gluten-free dairy-free, and traditional options to create a pizza for all abilities. Then we did a taste test, and I must say that they all came in 1st place. It was interesting to experience different kinds of crust from naan bread “the Indian form of pizza.” From gluten to dairy-free to oil and fat full.
1 ball of pizza dough
½ cup (125 mL) white Sauce (recipe follows)
1 cup (250 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons (30 mL) caramelized onions (recipe below)
1 teaspoon (5 mL) chopped fresh thyme
3 strips (3 ounces/85 g) bacon, cooked and cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks (about ¼ cup/60 mL)
½ apple, cored and thinly sliced (we use Golden Delicious)
¼ cup (60 mL) grated smoked cheddar cheese, for garnish
5 fresh sage leaves, for garnish
Here are the instructions that will give you a recipe to make a pizza by using a pizza tray or stone. The recipe starts by preheating the oven to 550°F (290°C) and letting the pizza stone heat for an additional 30 minutes. If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can use a rimless baking sheet instead. Once the oven is preheated, the dough is stretched and placed on a floured pizza peel or rimless baking sheet, then topped with white sauce, mozzarella, caramelized onions, thyme, bacon, and apple slices. The pizza is then transferred to the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet and baked for 9 minutes (or 11 minutes if using a baking sheet), keeping a close eye on it. Once it’s done, it’s removed from the oven, garnished with smoked cheddar and sage leaves, sliced, and served immediately. To make it gluten and dairy free, you can substitute the cheese for vegan options or remove it from the recipe. There are so many gluten-free options for pizza dough. At Autisticana, we enjoyed chickpea, lentil, or cauliflower dough substitutes. Why don’t you enjoy and experience all the options there are out there for dietary restrictions.
Author by: Jackson Beach & Scott Weisbrot
Lego is a Danish company that is known for its interlocking plastic bricks, which can be assembled to create a wide variety of models and structures. The company was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen, a master carpenter, and it initially made wooden toys, stepladders, and ironing boards. In the 1940s, the company began experimenting with plastic toys, and in 1949 they began using an injection-molding machine to mass-produce plastic toys, including the automatic binding bricks that would later become known as Lego bricks.
In 1953, the automatic binding bricks were renamed Lego bricks, and in 1957, the interlocking principle of Lego bricks was born. In 1958, the stud-and-coupling system was patented, which added significant stability to built pieces, and this transformed them into the Lego bricks children use today. In 1964, for the first time, consumers could buy Lego sets, which included all the parts and instructions to build a particular model.
Over the years, Lego has introduced a wide variety of themes, including town, castle, space, pirates, Western, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. Figures with movable arms and legs were introduced in 1978, and in 1969, the Duplo series – bigger blocks for smaller hands – was introduced for the 5-and-under set. Lego has sold 75 billion of its bricks in more than 140 countries as of 2018. The company has also spawned two movies and Legoland theme parks, making it an icon in the toy world.
We took a trip to the Lego Store at the Smithhaven Mall on Wednesday because all of their employees had their way of giving to the community through lots of building sets, large and small, and of various themes and franchises. One of the many favorites we saw was the Marvel sets, especially the gigantic Sanctum Sanctorum and the Daily Bugle building. And it’s not just the movie or video game-based sets that interested us. The other set that got the attention of others was the set of the famous painting Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh as well as the set of the famous Roman Coliseum.
We also interviewed one of the employees, Andrew. Andrew has been interested in Lego for practically his entire life of 35 years and more to come. His favorite Lego set ever is 1994’s Pizza to Go; despite its small size of 142 pieces, he likes it because it provides old memories of his youth, and presumably’ pizza is his favorite food.
Andrew’s favorite theme is Ninjago, one of Lego’s most successful franchises of all time as it has spawned multiple sets, a TV show, and even a movie. The largest set Andrew ever built is Ninjago City from the movie, which boasts 4,867 pieces and even has two companion sets Ninjago City Gardens and Ninjago City Docks.
Another highlight of the event was the Lego Friends Edition, which featured detailed apartment sets with different segments of stores, including apartment complexes, providing a fun and interactive way to play with the characters from the cartoon series. Andrew, as a dedicated worker, took his time to explain the history of Lego and provided great insights about different sets.
Even though some of us may not have made a purchase, the event sparked ideas for future purchases at Lego stores or other retailers such as Target, Barnes and Noble, and more. Overall, the event was a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about Lego and explore different sets, and also to learn from Andrew’s insights and experience from the Lake Grove store in New York.
Stay tuned for our new book
App-solutely the finest
Small Bites, Big Taste
by Christine and Scott
Appetizers appear simultaneously in England and America in the 1860s, mainly to provide a global counterpart for the French ” hors d’ oeuvre.” Also called finger foods, these little bites have popped up in one form or another in practically every civilization since ancient times. One may say it was an instinctual evolutionary throwback to our hunting and gathering days of fruits and nuts.
As the founder of Autisticana, I asked one of my newsmakers what the difference was between the two.
Lisette replied,”” appetizers are usually served in restaurants or before you usually have a big meal.
She then said, ” Hors d’ oeuvre is typically served at parties as one-bite meals.
As investigators, we then researched the difference and this is what we found.
Appetizers and hors d’oeuvres are similar in that they are both small bites of food that are served before a meal. However, there are some key differences between the two.
One key difference is the time at which they are served. Hors d’oeuvres are typically served before the meal even begins, while appetizers tend to indicate the beginning of the meal. Another difference is that hors d’oeuvres are not considered to be part of the meal, whereas appetizers are usually chosen specifically to complement the following courses.
In summary, Hors d’oeuvres and Appetizers are similar in that they are both small bites of food, but Hors d’oeuvres are typically served before the meal even begins, whereas Appetizers are usually chosen specifically to complement the following courses and are considered as a part of the meal.
The literal meaning between the two is really about serving time. Hors d’ oeuvres are typically served before the meal even begins, while appetizers tend to indicate the beginning of the meal.
Hors d’ oeuvre isn’t considered to be part of the meal, but appetizers are usually chosen specifically to compliment the following courses
We asked the team if they prefer to eat a whole meal, or do they enjoy eating appetizers instead.
They said they rather eat appetizers and dessert and call it a night!
stay tuned for our upcoming book !
Life is too short , Eat desert first !
By Cara Difiore, Joanna Otto, and Christine Grimaldi.
Our first recipe for our cooking book was chosen by our team player Joanna. She chose this recipe as we were playing a question game!
If you could have one food group for the rest of your life what would it be? type yours in the comments there’s no wrong answer here.
Taking the health factors into the account for sustainability.
So we decided to give it a try first, we had to put the hazelnuts in the air fryer to heat and roast them. Then we placed the hazelnuts in the processor so they can be chopped into shreds. We then melted maple syrup and coconut cream to ensure it was dairy free. As investigators, we decided to do a taste test, see if it was good, and make sure it is dairy free.
We also decided to split the Nutella in half. We realized it could also be good with evaporated milk in it. We made half of the Nutella dairy free and the other half with evaporated milk. We also found out it has health benefits like nutrients for healthy bones protein, calcium, and vitamins A and D.
We cut up gluten-free muffins, and fruit like strawberries, apples, and bananas to use as the dippings.
It turned out to be a mixed review thing from our team but we’re proud of how it went.
Barbra Walters has spoken to a lot of celebrities around the world and she was the first woman to change society and now women can forever be a news reporter. She was also the top 10 fascinating people around the world. Barbara Walters was determined to interview a lot of famous people around the globe even people that wanted to help others and advocated for people with develop disabilities and others with special talents and special needs. . Barbara also interviewed pop stars, princes, dictators, divas, world leaders, and so many other famous people which she was not afraid to speak to on her show. She was the best female interviewer in the world and was not afraid to talk to people from all different backgrounds and generations. She was also the first Co-Host of a U.S. news program. She and Harry Reasoner co-anchored the ABC Evening News from 1976 to 1978, which makes her a historic moment to be the very first U.S. female network news anchor which is something interesting. She was also on The View which made history about women running their own national television show. She also interviewed people at the biggest events around the world. She unique model is that fact that she interviewed people in a special way and she had a very special type of talent that very little amount of people can do but Barbra Walters could. She used to work for ABC News and 20/20. She became a journalist because she always wants to make news stories and every detail.
She had a sister name Jackie which she was on the Autism Spectrum which back then they used to called “mentally retardation” which it was an old term that Autism wasn’t a thing at the time of that period. She helped Jackie to show her how to have empathy and compassion , this way she could grow and develop her independence. Part of the reason that she looked after Jackie made her realize that she wanted to be in the show business and news reporter in the first place.
Why do I want to interview people?,Because Christine has taught us through her years with Barbara that she was not afraid to interview anyone even if they sounded strange to the world and people thought that their personality, politics, sexuality, lifestyle, was not accepted. She had respect and saw inside of the thoughts or talked about what was going on in the world. Barbara professed a dream to be a professional journalist. The show 20/20 gave Barbara Walters a whole different kind of platform which she can combined emotional interviews with hard edge news. She has empathy for everyone around the world that very little amount of people on their prospective side. She was able to deal with people that were convicted criminals or admitted to cheat on someone which she was not afraid to talk about, and interviewed and saw them as human beings. She was unafraid to promote every interview in a different light. . She was self coached and didn’t think it realize about all she had done for others. . Barbara Walters used all of her techniques to show the sense of humor, her sense of outrage and her sense of curiosity which people could be aware if they want to study being a therapist or a person who loved to bring up questions.
What inspired me to be like her is that she is very open minded at people and let them speak from their heart and not push them. want to talk about like some people don’t wanna talk about certain topics like most of the time .Christine does the same with our news group and has taught us the same. I would not mind if something is going through someone’s mind I just want to help. She is a good interviewer and a good listener because she know what’s she’s doing. Barbra Walters worked hard to get ready for the interview so she can get ready for the big interview like the toughest questions or the top headline of the day.
Our coach Christine taught us to be like and the lessons she learned to pay it forward to all of us to be the best we can be and help others. We have all become investigators and news reporters because of Christine in honor of Barbara and her sister Jackie. Dr. Christine has helped us to to use our voice. if I want to ask someone a question or I am meeting someone at a greet local business like we have done in the past , like going to the dealership or a gym or bakery or local events. This is a good opportunity that we have the chance to go on sn interview and ask them a few questions about the business or history about the place they started and are passionate about. We learned how to talk about our company Autisticana , and see what we can do to raise awareness about the Neurodiversity community that we can show case our amazing special talents.
The reason why the whole Autisticana Crew should be like her is because she had the inspiration of interviewing people for their entrepreneurial careers and what is like to work for the company, or what brings you the idea of developing the company. This whole team would be interested to meet and greet with people around the country and soon talk to people around the globe. This could be the opportunity to interview, staffs, celebrities or former athletes and possibly local legends that once accomplished their dream and passion during their famous careers. Someday we are going to be local heroes of what we accomplished in helping others. We @autisticana are excited what the future holds and thank coach Christine for pushing us to be are best selves and have a purposeful life just like Barbara Walters taught her.
We never knew who Barbara was because we are young but Christine always tells us how proud she would have been for all of us and what we are doing as a team. We hope others will join us so we are stronger as a team to help others that are sad and ostracized by society. Barbara paved the path for
Wonan, we are paving the path for people with disabilities. Thank you Christine and Barbara for helping and caring.
Scott Weisbrot. CEO of Autisticana
” A news media company that is going to sweep the nation.”
“We are a non profit and hope the right sponsors will come in so Christine who has done everything can have help bringing us to the top. “
Damar Hamlin is the safety liner on the defense side for the Buffalo Bills went to cardiac arrest during last Mondays Game at Cincinnati, Ohio against the the Cincinnati Bengals. The whole community prayed for Damar Hamlin to get a speedy recovery and the whole world decided to pray for him to hope that he’ll be okay. The whole Sports Industry talked about Damar Hamlin throughout the whole week. Everyone dedicated to show love on the #3 and hopefully pray for a miracle. All of the players and crew members of the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals huddled in so they all prayed for Damar Hamlin to get a recovery as soon as he makes it alive. Damar Hamlin also run his own toy drive since 2020 and donated $3,000 and reached to 8.5 million from the love and kindness on GoFundMe.
When Damar woke up, he was able to communicate by writing, and wrote to the doctors, “Did we win?” And they respond with, “Yes, you won the game of life.” He took a lot of recovery and when time goes on, he was able to talk and speak again which he FaceTime the whole Buffalo Bills Team. Coach Sean McDermott was thankful that the miracle came to life. The whole Sports Community we’re grateful for his recovery and he was able to survive this horrific moment. Everyone around the football community decided to show their love for Damar and put down the #3 for every Jersey especially the special spot on the 30 yards line. The whole paramedic team did a fabulous job for an emergency check up after what happened and got applauded by the fans from their dedicated work.
Buffalo Bills ended their regular season with a win against the New England Patriots. The match started off with the whole team giving the full respect and contributing Damar Hamlin for the love and care.
The game started with a 96 yard run from Nyheim Hines the #20 which he took the run through the sideline and took the touchdown for the opening kickoff run to do it for Damar Hamlin. The whole crowd was amped up for what they witnessed and it was first time that the Buffalo Bills got a stunning opening TD for the Bills since safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest. The NewEngland Patriots quickly responded for a Tocuhdown after the Bills opening Tocuhdown. Josh Allen through passes to Gabe Davis #13 and Stefon Diggs #14 to get close to the end zone. During the 2nd Quarter, Josh Allen passed the ball to Dawson Knox #88 for the touchdown and give the love to Damar Hamlin. Both teams had really good defensive but the Patriots level up at 14 by halftime.
When the game went to the 3rd Quarter, the Patriots got most of the ball until an interception from Tre’Davious White #27 at the 1 yard line and made the play for Damar. When it was at kickoff, Nyheim Hines took the 101 yards run for the touchdown and this is his 2nd kickoff touchdown which made the fans wild to gain back the lead. After that amazing play, Josh Allen took sacrifice throws and took the long throw to John Brown #16 for the Touchdown. During the 4th Quarter, Parker from the Patriots got the touchdown but then failed to get the 2 point conversion. Afterwards, Josh Allen took a moment and threw nearly 60 yards to his best friend Stefton Diggs for The Bills Mafia Touchdown which it was the most exciting Touchdown since Hines 2 TD scrimmage. The Patriots we’re about to get a touchdown with 5 minutes left and it was intercepted from Matt Malino #58 which the whole Bills Mafia cheered on the sideline. The Patriots got another interception and give it to Tremaine Edmunds #49 and the Buffalo Bills won 35-22 which they’ll head to the Wildcard Round against the Miami Dolphins. The Miami Dolphins got the spot of the Wildcard and eliminated the Jets while the Bills knocked out the Patriots opportunity for a playoff spot.
The Buffalo Bills had a great win and showed their fans the love for football and Damar Hamlin. The Bills FaceTime Damar that they won the game for him and it was the match that Bills will never forget to end their regular season match before playoff season. The whole game was like a Hollywood show for beliefs and love for the action of football. The whole news media went to spread the love of his words of wisdom and the belief that the Bills would win the game for him.
The Quarterback Josh Allen said “It had been 3 years and 3 months since the Bills’ returned a kickoff for a touchdown”. The Bills star quarterback Josh Allen also said, “It was spiritual. Bone chilling.” Hamlin, watching from the hospital, tweeted, “God behind All This, no coincidence.”