November 14, 2013
NY Knish Factory Fire Leads To Nationwide Shortage
Copiague, NY (AP) A fire at a factory billed as the world’s biggest maker of knishes has created nationwide shock and oy for those who can’t seem to find the Jewish treats anywhere.
Kvetching has been going on at delis, diners, food carts and groceries since the 6-week-long shortage began, but lovers of the square, fried, doughy pillows of pureed potatoes may not have to go without much longer. The factory promises an end to the knish crunch by Thanksgiving, which coincides with the start of Hanukkah.
“Our customers ... are calling us saying they are literally searching supermarkets and stores and they’re all asking when we’ll be back,” Stacey Ziskin Gabay, one of the owners of the 92-year-old Gabila’s Knishes, which sells about 15 million knishes a year.
A fire Sept. 24 at the Gabila’s plant in Copiague, on Long Island, damaged the machinery that makes the company’s biggest seller‚ “The Original Coney Island Square Knish,” which also come filled with kasha or spinach.
Gabila’s, which also makes matzoh balls, blintzes and latkas, sells the knishes both online and at retail outlets around the country, with New York, Florida and California leading the sales.
“For the last month I haven’t had any knishes‚ my heart is broken,” said Carol Anfuso, a native New Yorker who has been without a knish to nosh since the BJ’s Wholesale store near her Atlanta home suddenly stopped stocking them.
But Anfuso didn’t learn of the shortage until she visited her sister for lunch at the Pastrami King restaurant in Merrick, Long Island, and found that it was out of stock, too.
Pastrami King owner Joe Yamali said he normally sells about 2,000 knishes a month.
Images Show Woman On Train With Abandoned Alligator
Chicago (AP) Authorities have released a series of images of a woman they believe discarded a small, sickly alligator at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport earlier this month.
Security footage shows the woman boarding a Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line train just after 1 a.m. on Nov. 1, carrying the reptile under her arm. She’s seen chatting on the phone with the critter in her hand and on her knee before she leaves the train at O’Hare an hour later.
She’s later spotted boarding a train near the airport around 2:45 a.m. without the alligator.
The two-foot-long alligator was captured hours later after a maintenance worker found it under an escalator at Terminal 3.
Nicknamed “Allie” by a local rescue group, the reptile is being rehabilitated by volunteers at the Chicago Herpetalogical Society.
Michigan Man Wins Million Dollar Lottery AGAIN!
LANSING, MI (AP) This guy has all the luck.
Officials say Joseph Palmarchuk won a $1.35 million lottery jackpot Wednesday in Michigan’s Classic Lotto 47 game.
In the past few years, Palmarchuk has also won a $1 million lottery game in Tennessee.
Palmarchuk and wife Phillis moved to Mecosta County, north of Grand Rapids, in 2011.
He says he likes to buy lottery tickets that retailers put aside as mistakes.
The Palmarchuks plan to hunt for a condominium in a warm state to skip Michigan winters.
Funeral Home Offers Military Truck For Veterans' Last Ride
Venice, FL (AP) A southwest Florida funeral home is offering an unusual assortment of antique vehicles in place of a hearse for a farewell ride to the cemetery.
The Farley Funeral Home in Venice has a World War II-era Dodge military truck with large white stars on its doors and a World War II-era Jeep. David Farley says his funeral home is the only one in Florida known to offer veterans a military-themed funeral procession.
He tells the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that up to 60 families in the last three years have chosen the ``Veteran Farewell Ride’’ for their loved ones. Kevin Lynch chose that ride for the funeral of his father Walter last year. Walter Lynch fought in the Army during World War II, and his son said he would have appreciated the unusual funeral procession.
``It was quite a sight, particularly with the flag-draped casket in the open,’’ Lynch said. ``As we drove from the funeral home on the island, people on the sidewalk were quite shocked. One man took off his hat and saluted, another put his hand to his heart.’’ The funeral home also has a 1937 Ford hearse that Farley envisions being followed by a procession of antique cars for an auto aficionado. There’s also an Eimco Power Horse farm tractor that uses reins instead of a steering wheel. It was one of 300 made between 1937 and 1942.
Farley envisions the tractor leading a funeral procession for a farmer. ``It’s the only one I know of east of the Mississippi that’s still running,’’ Farley said. ``We have not used it for a funeral yet. Maybe someday.’’
Hubble Spots Strange Asteroid With Six Trails Of Dust
Cape Canaveral, FL (AP) This is one strange asteroid.
The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a six-tailed asteroid in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists say they’ve never seen anything like it. Incredibly, the comet-like tails change shape as the asteroid sheds dust.
The streams have occurred over several months.
A research team led by the University of California, Los Angeles, believes the asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, is rotating so much that its surface is flying apart. It’s believed to be a fragment of a larger asteroid damaged in a collision 200 million years ago.
Scientists using the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii spotted the asteroid in August. Hubble picked out all the tails in September.
The discovery is described in this week’s issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Can’t We Just Learn To Get Along? Pianist Facing Jail
Madrid (AP) To most people, noise pollution is a jet engine roaring over their head. For one Spanish woman, it was a neighbor playing the piano more softly than a spoken conversation. The woman has taken her neighbors in the apartment below - a 27-year-old pianist and her parents - to court. Now prosecutors want to send all three to jail for over seven years on charges of psychological damage and noise pollution. In a country known for its exuberant noisiness, the case has raised eyebrows. Neighbors often complain about street and bar noise in Spain, but prosecutors seeking jail time for someone practicing the piano is unheard of - especially since that musician is now a professional concert pianist.
At the trial in the northeastern city of Gerona, Sonia Bosom claimed she suffered noise pollution from 2003 to 2007 due to the five-days-a-week, eight-hour practice sessions of Laia Martin, who lived below her in the northeastern town of Puigcerda. Martin, 27, denies that she played at home that often, saying she took regular classes in other towns. She claims she mostly practiced at home on the weekends.
On Monday, the first day of the trial, the El Pais newspaper reported that Bosom told the court she now hates pianos so much she can’t even stand to see them in a film.
The prosecution claims that years of hearing constant playing has caused Bosom “psychological injury.” Medical reports showed she suffered from a variety of problems, including insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks and gynecological problems.
Bosom and her family moved in 2007 and she says she has had to take time off work, reportedly due to her problems. The prosecutor said tests by local authorities found that the sound levels made by the piano were repeatedly up to 10 decibels higher than the 30-decibel limit laid down for musical instruments in the town.
A Catalonia Justice Tribunal spokeswoman said the trial will end Nov. 15 with the verdict issued at a later date.
Escapee In OK Turns Himself In 30 Years Later
Oklahoma City (AP) A man who said he escaped from a Maryland prison 30 years ago turned himself in to authorities in Oklahoma, saying he was tired of being blackmailed.
KOCO reports that 62-year-old Anthony Rackley turned himself in this week and told police that his partner in a fundraising scheme kept blackmailing him.
Rackley told police that the two men started fundraising for the Belle Isle Lions Club a decade ago and would take a cut of the money. Rackley says the partner started blackmailing him for a higher percentage of the money to keep quiet about his escape.
Authorities expect to extradite Rackley back to Maryland. It’s unclear what he was serving time for when he escaped. Oklahoma City police are still searching for the partner in the fundraising scheme.