Ruminations of a Taco-Obsessed Philly Native

After earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics and gaining a little experience in the classroom, Sam Chaudhary traveled to Palo Alto in hopes of introducing a new education app to the world of teaching. Although Chaudhary had a general idea of what he wanted to do-provide an educational app that would help teachers in the classroom, he was unsure of exactly how he would bring his idea to life. With the help of Liam Don, Chaudhary went back to the drawing board and started from scratch, developing and discussing ideas for the soon-to-be popular ClassDojo app.

Once back in the United States, Don and Chaudhary planted their feet in California, where they began reaching out to teachers in the area, asking them questions about what they feel would help improve their teaching experience. After determining that the main thing missing from most classrooms was parent involvement and communication, the duo immediately began working on an app that would change the way parents and teachers communicate all over.

Often times, parents want to be more involved in their child’s education than their work schedule will allow. After working long hours, and picking everyone up on the way home, you’re exhausted and just simply want to relax. Art work, homework and study material often gets overlooked in the evening shuffle, and important information is sometimes missed. ClassDojo serves as a bridge between parents and the classroom, and gives parents the chance to be involved no matter where they are and no matter the time of day. Similar to other social media apps like Snapchat and Facebook, teachers can download the app for free, and upload and photos of students work with parents who purchase the app.

ClassDojo believes that the voices of teachers will help continuously improve the app, and highly values their opinions and stories about their classroom experience with ClassDojo. More than 10 million students use ClassDojo and roughly 50% of schools in the United States have begun using the app regularly to encourage and support parent involvement in the classroom. ClassDojo also helps boost students confidence in their work by allowing them to display their work in a safe and secure digital environment and share it with their classmates and parents.

With the increased use of social media among students, it is important to supply a platform that is safe and positive. Class Dojo encourages everyone to be more involved in the classroom by offering fun and innovative ways to share some of the most important moments in a child’s life, their education.

Finding the perfect spot to host an event can be a bit challenging, especially with all the options. Deciding if a private room has enough space of if the décor suits the function or if the chef’s style fits the food and drink ideas can all be confusing. What helps is getting priorities in order before starting on that dreaded search, so it is easier to spot a venue that meets them. The following are some great restaurant private rooms in New York City that offer a milieu to work with, top of the line services, and delicious food from first-class chefs, which are all venues suitable for any occasions.

Charlie Bird

The restaurant on 5 King St. Soho is renowned for its Italian-American cuisine. When looking for a place that gives an authentic taste of homemade spaghetti, this is it, and children, in particular, love it a lot. Tantalize taste buds with chicken that is roasted to perfection or oysters, which are the house’s specialty. The wine collection is also really good, making it a perfect venue for evening events. Besides the meals, there is a private room that can hold an intimate gathering of about 14 that provides an atmosphere that is relaxing and laid back. Even with its informal feel, an organizer can count on a first-rate service. The music at Charlie Bird is simply unsurpassed.

American Cut

If an event organizer is going for that classic steakhouse feel that offers just enough formality to keep business meetings serious without being stuffy, then the private room at the American Cut will do quite nicely. The old-school steakhouse is arguably one of the best places to get a steak. Combined with an out-of-this-world Caesar salad, shrimp cocktails, oysters, and crab cakes, it is easy to make a promotion dinner one to remember. The private room comes with mood lighting that sets an intimate and relaxing tone. Additionally, it is so large it feels like a restaurant in itself.


Tarallucci e Vino


Tarallucci e Vino gives two options at their Union Square location when in need of private events. The loft on the Sixth Floor offers a spacious venue that can hold 120 standing guests and 60 who are seated. The courtyard view from the loft adds to the artistic ambiance created by the antique chandeliers and vintage mirrors that line the room. The room can transform to suit any event with a few extra decor touches. With the custom-made tables, the space has an elegant feel, which is in addition to the fact that it comes furnished with a lounge area and bar.


The Mezzanine private room is only slightly smaller than the Sixth Floor Loft and is adorned with plush couches that would be ideal for a semi-formal function. The reclaimed wood décor combined with the exposed brick and cool color tones gives a rustic ambiance that entices occupants to let loose a little. It can comfortably host 45 seated guests or 80 standing. With Chef Ricardo Bilotta present to give guests a blend of Italian dishes, counting on a successful event is a possibility.


There are a lot of doctors out there, but very few are are skilled and as caring as Dr. Jennifer Walden. She recently had the honor of being named one of the 24 best beauty surgeons in the whole United States according to Harper’s Bazaar magazine recently. In her line of work, she is considered a leader, which is the highest praise that a doctor can receive. It means they are helping others, leading others, and showing them the way. They are trusted for the way they conduct themselves and the way they handle their business. They have a certain moral code and they abide by it.

To get to where she is, it takes a lot of time and a lot of commitment. It meant long hours and lots and lots of training. She received her training from the best cosmetic surgeons in New York City. When one receives that training, it prepares them and gets them ready for what lies ahead. It shows them the ropes and shows them the proper way to conduct themselves when they are doing their job. There is something called bedside manner that a lot of doctors either choose to ignore or don’t do at all.

Dr. Jennifer Walden is from Austin, Texas, and she has never forgotten where she came from or how she got to where she is today. That is vital. It keeps someone humble and it keeps them always remembering their hometown and the people that have helped molded them along the way. Walden uses this when she treats her patients. She treats them with the utmost care and asks them questions to find out what they are looking for and the best way to make sure they are as comfortable as possible.

All of her training has prepared her for this moment, and it is a moment she is ready for and a moment she is embracing to the fullest. She knows she is doing something she loves and she is getting paid for it. Not many people in life can say that about themselves when they get out of bed in the morning.
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Adam Goldenberg is entrepreneur from the word go. He built his first company, Gamers Alliance, at the age of 15 and sold it three years later to a major Internet company, Intermix Media. Goldenberg then dropped out of high school and made the move to sign on with Intermix as the Vice President of Strategic Planning. At age 20 Goldenberg was elevated to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and was the youngest person in that position of a publicly traded company.

At Intermix, Goldenberg met Don Ressler, who also sold a company to Intermix Media. Mr. Ressler was a branding specialist who logged more than $1 billion in sales and raised more than $100 million in capital for a variety of Internet companies. Adam and Don became great friends and business buddies. When New Corporation acquired Intermix, Goldenberg and Ressler decided to hit the road and start their own company. They built an e-commerce brand called Intelligent Beauty on and quickly became leaders in the health and beauty industry. The two men set upon a course to develop an online personalized shopping experience that was fun, social and engaging.

The result was the merger of cutting edge fashion and social interaction and JustFab was born. Adam Goldenberg was not up on the latest fashion, but he could identify trends and saw this type of e-commerce business as an untapped opportunity with incredible potential.

Adam Goldenberg was part of the team that developed a platform that was personal and worked with fashion stylists and consultants. A subscription model was built and for a monthly fee members would receive a selection of handbags, shoes and accessories. The selections at were tailored to each member’s taste in fashion. JustFab provided style boards to demonstrate how to wear each piece, as well as style tips from leaders in the fashion industry.

As subscriptions grew, the service was a huge hit with members. To help keep pace with the tremendous growth, Adam Goldenberg sought out venture partners could scale as projected. JustFab partnered with Matrix and they found a partner that fit like a glove. The team at Matrix had the right personality and business culture that paired well with JustFab.

To add to their repertoire of fashion, JustFab acquired Shoe Dazzle and launched Fabletics. Goldenberg’s experience has served him well. He has learned to adapt business practices as the economy and fashion world fluctuates. He will do a hard core fix if something is not working rather than apply a band aid and hopes the problem fixes itself.

Mr. Goldenberg believes in full transparency and sharing the good, the bad and the ugly with the staff helps to keep the JustFab team motivated and focused. When everyone understands the tactical changes and why they are needed, it keeps the team invested in the success of the company.

The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is a very popular ski resort located in Placer County, CA, which is located in the mountainous range just west of the California/Nevada border. The Squaw Valley Ski Resort attracts hundreds of thousands of people ever year for both the winter time activities, such as skiing and snow boarding, as well as outdoor hikers and campers in the summer months.

Due to the popularity of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the owner of the resort has been looking to expand the resort for a while. While there have been several approval hoops to jump through, the resort now looks approved and poised to go ahead with the expansion.

Earlier the Placer Country Planning Board approved this month the Squaw Valley Resort’s plan of expansion. The expansion plan, which includes the addition of more rooms to the hotel, more amenities to the common areas, more ski runs, and an improved gondola, will add a considerable amount of luxury, safety, and comfort to the resort.

Naturally, the approval process for this has included reviewing impacts to the wildlife, financial impacts, and other factors that could affect the area.  Read more: Andy Wirth | Powder Magazine

While the Placer County Planning Board has signed off on the expansion plan, the expansion of the resort still needs another level of approval.

The resort’s CEO, Andy Wirth, plans to take the plans to the County Board of Supervisors before the end of 2016. Assuming approval is received from the Board of Supervisors, the company could start the process of expansion as early as Spring 2017.

The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is owned by Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which owns Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, another popular ski resort. The CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings is Andy Wirth, a real estate professional that has been focused on the hotel and mountain resort industry for more than 25 years.

Andy Wirth has previously worked in a variety of roles in the hotel and resort industry, most recently working as the COO of a company that owned resorts in Colorado.

Prior to starting his real estate career, Andy Wirth went to Colorado State University. Beyond his professional success, Wirth is well regarded for his philanthropy, which includes being on the Board of Directors for a number of local charities.

Mirna Therapeutics Inc. has announced the appointment of Clay Siegall to its board. The biotechnology company is focused on the commercialization and development of microRNA therapeutics. Clay B. Siegall is the current President, CEO and board chairman of Seattle Genetics. He will serve as an outside member to the board of Mirna Therapeutics Inc.

The CEO of Mirna Therapeutics Inc., Dr. Paul Lammers, said that the entire company was happy to welcome Siegall into its distinguished board of directors. He added that Siegall has a lot of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. His successful efforts in building an oncology company will be of great help to the entire Mirna team as it advances to the field of microRNA-based therapeutics. Siegall expressed his excitement when he was contacted for comment. He said that he was happy to join the board of Mirna Therapeutics Inc. and that he looked forward to working with the entire team.

What is microRNA

The microRNA affect gene expressions through their interaction with messenger RNAs. Their length is about 20-25 nucleotides long. These human genome encoded natural regulators are essential in regulating global gene expression. The microRNA represent about 2 percent of mammalian genes. Over 1,400 microRNAs are human genome encoded. They are responsible for a number of key processes in the body including ensuring proper embryonic development, inflammation, cellular growth and immunity.

Background on Clay B. Siegall

Siegall helped to establish Seattle Genetics back in 1998. He has been instrumental in building the company into a successful institution offering therapeutic solutions to patients. The company offers cancer patients antibody-based therapies to meet their medical needs. Today, Seattle Genetics has several strategic collaborations with some of the leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in oncology.

Siegall holds a Genetics Ph.D. from George Washington University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from University of Maryland. He has guided his company in several successful capital-raising activities that secured over $675 million in private and public financing. He serves on the board of Alder BioPharmaceuticals. He has previously worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, National Cancer Institute, and the National Institutes of Health. He holds 15 patents and has authored over 70 publications.


Finding the right Medicare Advantage Plan can be difficult, let alone confusing at times. If you’re a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary looking for health care coverage, InnovaCare Health can help make the decision and process easier. InnovaCare Health is a leading Health Management Company that works with beneficiaries and their Medicare Advantage Plans. They utilize top of the line advanced technology and state of the art educational backgrounds to ensure that the proper plan gets placed in the proper hands. The hardwork of Rick Shinto to ensure that all beneficiaries and customers are first priority and take the guessing work out of the decision at hand.

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Medicare Advantage Plans come in many different types of plans. There are a few basic plans that most people are familiar with and they include but are not limited to Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), and Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS). When you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you’re still required to pay your monthly premium and you still have Medicare’s traditional coverage plan. When you elect to obtain a Medicare Advantage Plan, it becomes your primary health care source should you become ill or need prescriptions based on Penelope Kokkinides. They include Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B so that hospital inpatient stays are covered as well as medical services that may be needed. The federal government pays a fixed amount to the Medicare Advantage Plan, and generally have a contract with suppliers and healthcare facilities to only pay a set rate regardless of the charges. InnovaCare can help explain the different types of plans in detail and steer you in the right position with the proper plan. They understand that everyone has different needs and requires different healthcare coverage, so they are dedicated to provide that service and help you select the best option. One may choose to elect a Medicare Advantage Plan instead of going with traditional Medicare or Medicaid because at times they tend to cover more services and the monthly premium could be cheaper. It’s always a good idea to check out each plan and allow the experts at InnovaCare Health to help you make the right decision and if something comes up in the future, you can rest assured in knowing that they will be there to answer any questions you may have. They have been in the business for many years, and continue to carry through with their success in the future.

When doing business today, you have to be very careful about who you do business with and who you give your money to, as there are a lot of companies out there that aren’t trustworthy and they aren’t telling you the truth. Instead, they simply tell you what you want to hear as opposed to what you need to hear. It might not always be easy to hear the truth, but you are better off for it in the long run. With Goettl Air Conditioning, the truth is what they are all about and they don’t stand for anything less than the truth. It is how they operate and it is why they are successful at the present moment.

Goettl Building off Rock-solid Foundation

It starts at the top with Ken Goodrich, a man of high moral fiber and a man who goes out of his way to please the customer. When he sends one of his men out there to do a job, he wants to make sure they do the job to the best of their abilities. He doesn’t want them just to rush, get it over with, and move onto the next job. He wants them to take the time, tell the customer what is going on, and give them an honest approach to their air conditioner.

People respect honesty and they like honesty. They can tell when someone is being authentic and organic and they can also tell when people are being dishonest, deceitful, and full of baloney. People are smart. As soon as they get a whiff of that, they are out of there and they are looking for a new company. The best way to keep a company open and up and running is to look them in the eye, shake their hand, and give it them straight. Trust me when I tell you, they will respect you for it.

Ken Goodrich and his men should be applauded for the work they have done in restoring the company. It wasn’t that long ago, 18 months actually, when they were in some really hot water. Ken Goodrich came in, made sweeping changes, and now business is better than ever. It promises to only get better in the future, which is very exciting if you are working for Mr. Goodrich and part of the company. It is also very exciting for the employees as well, as the future is bright and things are looking way up.

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Thanks to Securus video visitation technology, family time is no longer a casualty of prison sentences. Securus Technologies has developed the next generation for jail visitation: a video chat. Normally, prison rules allowed families to visit inmates during a predetermined time [2-3 days per week], limiting communication, but this new service allows families to keep in touch in a more efficient and convenient manner. “This new service impacts children the most because prisoners are able to perform video chats after school and help with their kids homework. It’s much more personal now,” says one associate. Visitation by video chat is now available seven days a week.

How Efficient Is Securus Video Visitation?

When you consider the travel and wait time to visit an inmate, not to mention the limited visiting hours, it’s crystal clear that Securus video visitation is a convenient option. Many families take hours to travel to a jail, just to get a one hour visitation and in many cases, children under a certain age are not admitted. The Securus video chat is available any time of day, via computer kiosks set up in the jail and inmates can remotely visit with family members. “The video chat feature has become such an optimistic service,” says one associate. Imagine helping your children complete homework problems, or reading a story to your child.

Securus Services

Securus Video Visitation isn’t the only service available. Securus technologies also offers phone, email, and voicemail services that help families securely communicate with inmates. Securus also has mobile apps available, making video chats even more appealing. On-the-go visitation is a brilliant, innovative idea and has triggered a major shift in inmate visitation, in particular how children of inmates are impacted.

Until now, kids only had one option to visit incarcerated parents but Securus video visitation can strengthen those relationships. According to an article in Education Week, one of the byproducts of incarcerated parents is developmental delays in children like ADD or language and speech deficits. Video visitation maintains a consistent connection, thereby supporting a child’s mental and emotional health.

All of the Securus technology services can in one way or another, provide a more personal relationship, and also diminish or eliminate travel time to jails, depending on which service you choose, and the technology has been well received nationally in the same positive spirit.

Securus Video Visitation – Homework from Securus Technologies on Vimeo.

NutriMost has been working really well for me since I started on their site, and I even saw a story on the news that told me that I would be able to do this plan well. I saw normal people like me doing the NutriMost plan, and then I decided that I was going to be able to use their menus instead of trying to be some kind of food expert.

I do not know how to cook at all, but I knew that I was going to be able to check the menus on NutriMost to find food that would work for me. I use their menus every day because I am not that creative with me food, but I knew that I was going to be able to use the plan when I was planning every meal. I eat a full breakfast, lunch and inner now, and I take it right the menu on the website. I am also taking care to show how much I exercise, and that shows me how much weight I could lose. I am doing the work just like anyone else, but I am not on a plan that requires extra work.

It is very easy for people to lose weight on this plan because the menus are right there. If I can do it, anyone can do it. It have been able to make good food with the menus on the NutroMost plan, and I want to be sure that I am checking back for more stuff because there is so much that I can eat. They are making my life easier, and I am losing weight like the people I saw online. It has been so easy to use NutriMost, and now I am losing weight faster than my friends who are on fad diets.