By Susan Mazzeo
So what does a tile store have to do with community? Or Shore House? Plenty.
Molly Taft is the showroom manager of Nemo Tile and Stone, located at 21 White Street in Red Bank which just opened this past month. Molly is no stranger to Shore House. While working at Restoration Hardware, she was instrumental in giving us an opportunity for our first supportive employment position. She directed the RH’s holiday giving campaign to fund our Thanksgiving dinner, which not only did they underwrite, but served to our members as well. They even provided the centerpieces for our tables. This year Shore House was the beneficiary of the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge. In the middle of getting ready for her own grand opening, she volunteered for a two hour shift and stayed all day to help out.
It only seemed fitting that after she has supported us for so long, we support her. Mary and I attended the grand opening party complete with a red carpet leading to the front door. Nemo is a well-respected store in New York and it would have been easy to use all of their contacts, but Molly knows the value of community and insisted on using only local businesses for the party. Eda Kalkay PR, helped plan the event, Sir Ives Catering created the incredible food and Katydid florists supplied the fabulous arrangements, and we cannot forget Vintage Cake for creating a three tiered confection that looked just like tile, but tasted just like cake.
In a world where our community businesses with personalized service are being replaced with large impersonal one stop shopping warehouse, Nemo is a breath of fresh air. Well done Molly Taft. We look forward to watching you grow in the community.
by Dan Piñeiro
The first time I applied for HUD housing was in 1997 at Ocean Pointe Towers in Long Branch. Unfortunately, I was unviable to move in when my name got to the top of the list. In 2005, I applied for a Section 8 voucher in Santa Monica, California. My case manager at Step Up on Second was doing something illegal. He was stealing Section 8 vouchers and reselling them illegally, therefore I never received my Section 8 voucher for Santa Monica. Around 2007, I applied for HUD housing in Lakewood, NJ but was rejected because of my California record. Around 2012 I applied for Section 8 in Santa Monica again. I filled out an application and gave the housing authority extra information they asked for, but without reason they put me back on the waiting list. I feel discriminated. Now I am currently on two HUD housing waiting lists, Kennedy Towers and Ocean Pointe Towers in Long Branch and I expect to hear back from them before 2020.
Almost every function of the body is influenced by a daily biological clock known as the circadian rhythm. There are several systems that keep their own rhythms, but the master clock that controls them is located in a very small structure at the base of the brain known as the hypothalamus. Within the hypothalamus is an even smaller structure comprised of no more than 20 thousand cells. This site is called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). Considering that the brain contain 100 billion cells, it is amazing that so few neurons can control the whole body.
The sleep-wake cycle is controlled by several mechanisms, but ultimately, it is the hypothalamus master clock that determines rhythmicity. There is one sleep control that is not reliant on the SCN. This is called sleep-pressure. The body likes for things to remain in a steady state, and has mechanisms to maintain homeostasis (same state). To accomplish this with sleep, one usually becomes increasingly tired and sleepy the longer they remain awake. This sleep-pressure prevents one from building up a sleep debt and becoming sleep-deprived. The remaining mechanisms that help control the sleep-wake circadian rhythm rely on the master clock to remain synchronized.
The master clock controls one’s level of alertness and sleepiness following a circadian pattern. In adults, alertness during the day ebbs and sleepiness occurs between 1:00-3:00 PM. It is no wonder that some cultures traditionally take a siesta in the early afternoon. At night, sleep-drive peaks between 2:00-4:00 AM. Sleep is also regulated by a hormone called melatonin. Melatonin is secreted by the Pineal Gland, which is a small structure located in the rear of the brain. Melatonin promotes sleep and causes a decrease in body temperature. The Pineal Gland releases melatonin all day long, but its levels increase substantially about two hours before bedtime. Once asleep, melatonin levels continue to increase and peak at between 2:00-3:00 AM. However, there must be some way to turn off the Pineal Gland upon awakening in the morning in order to inhibit further melatonin release. As strange as it may seem, the way the body communicates this is to the Pineal Gland is through the retinal nerve of the eye. When someone sees light first thing in the morning, the stimulation of the retina sends a message via the retinal nerve to cause the Pineal Gland to reduce its activity.
Light exposure also serves to reset the master clock every day and synchronize it to a regular 24 hour cycle. Without this reset, the free-running circadian rhythm in most people is actually 25 hours or more. This becomes problematic with people who are totally blind. Without the retinal cue, they cannot keep a 24 hour cycle. This condition has come to be known as non-24 or N24. Sleep is delayed by one hour every day, and does not allow for the whole body to remain synchronized. It is difficult for these people to function, as they are chronically sleep-deprived. This can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, depression, difficulty concentrating, and memory impairments. The ideal amount of sleep for adults is between 7-9 hours. Adolescents need more and find it difficult to wake up in the morning. It is best to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This produces a consistent sleep-wake cycle and the synchronization of the master-clock to insure that there be a stable circadian rhythm around which the rest of the body depends on to function properly. Good sleep hygiene will promote both physical and mental health.
Blog posts are written by Shore House members and staff.