By Shannon Walsh
Clothes are a form of expression, style, and creativity. The United States is a country where a wide population are fortunate enough to afford new clothes. However, as we purchase our own clothes, it is important to consider the environmental impact fast fashion has on our planet. Fast fashion is the term used to describe clothes that are mass-produced at low costs and made to fit the newest trends. We must learn about more environmentally friendly ways to purchase clothes.
The fashion industry is leaving a lasting impact on the environment. Fast fashion is quickly developing due to its cheap manufacturing paired with seasonal rollout rates. The negative impact of fast fashion is becoming irreversible. The factories that manufacture the clothes produce textile waste and toxic chemicals throughout the process of making and packaging the clothes.
By Ava Aschettino
Move over, coffee! Matcha is taking the world by storm, becoming the trendier, healthier start to your day. Coffee enthusiasts across the map are dropping their cappuccinos and making the switch over to matcha for its distinguished taste and health benefits. But what exactly is matcha?
Matcha is a powdered Japanese green tea that is not only unique in taste, but rocks a distinguished shade of green. The Washington Post defines matcha as green tea leaves crushed into a fine, electric green powder. The powder is then whisked into warm or hot water, and it dissolves into a frothy drink. According to Healthline.com, Matcha contains the nutrients from the entire green tea leaf (coming from the Camellia sinensis plant), which results in a greater amount of caffeine and antioxidants than what is typically found in regular green tea.
By Jackson Troxler
I know, I know. The pandemic is a major topic of discussion over the past several months, and most of us are exhausted from discussing it. However, there are certain effects of the Coronavirus that will impact students even after the pandemic ends.
COVID-19 has forever affected the college application process, which was already stressful. While there are temporary changes, such as meeting with admissions representatives over Zoom calls instead of in person, there are other aspects that may be more permanent. One of the main concerns relating to this issue is standardized tests.
By Amelia Hahn
Finding yourself with too much free time and don’t know how to spend it? There are an endless number of things that you can do to keep yourself occupied during this pandemic!
Although it may not sound like much fun, why not get a head start on “spring cleaning”? Organizing your closet will not only make your parents happy, but you’ll feel productive too! If you find clothing that no longer fits you, load it into a box or storage bin, and the next time you see your friends, give them a chance to look through it. This will be sure to put a smile on your friends’ faces, as it gives them the opportunity to use clothes that you no longer need. If your friends have no need for the items, you can donate them to charity.
By Kevin Biggiani
Bambi? We would all love to see Bambi again…but not on our car windshield or caught in our fence. What has long been someone else’s problem has now become ours. These rather timid, cute, yet majestic animals, deer, are steadily migrating from Eastern Long Island to Nassau County.
First they were sighted in more wooded North Shore communities such as Oyster Bay Cove, Cold Spring Harbor, Laurel Hollow and Locust Valley, but now they are being spotted more western and southern inland in Nassau County towns such as Syosset, Muttontown, Westbury, Bethpage, Levittown and Massapequa.
By Beryl Rosenberg
1. Bryant Park Shops
Beginning around Halloween and lasting until March 7, 2021, the Bryant Park Holiday Shops are perfect for finding unique holiday gifts from NYC. From ornaments, to jewelry, to edible treats, it’s easy to spend the day exploring the shops (and food!) at Bryant Park. Visitors will be able to explore the shops safely, too, as COVID-19 safety precautions are in full effect. According to the park’s website, “The Holiday Shops have a reconfigured layout with fewer shops to allow for more spacious walkways.”
2. Winter Village
Also at Bryant Park, the Winter Village is home to different Winter activities for all ages. Ice skating is the most popular in Bryant Park, where New Yorkers and tourists alike can enjoy the 17,000 square foot rink in the center of the shops. This year, fewer people will be allowed to skate at once, and all visitors must wear a mask for the duration of their time on the rink.
By Shannon Walsh
While getting a dog can be an exciting process, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into. A dog’s habits, health issues, behaviors, and size are just a few traits that are important to consider when thinking of getting a dog. All dogs should be loved and brought into a safe home, which is why it is necessary to make sure your home is the right fit for the dog.
By Sammie Cohen
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a few months were spent in lockdown. A number of individuals could not travel or see friends or family, and the world was in a state of isolation. Everyone, bored inside their homes, wanted to visit their loved ones.
As cases are once again rising in the United States, there is a possibility of another lockdown occurring in certain states or counties. In the event that there is another lockdown, here are some ways to stay connected with those you love during this time.
By Kevin Biggiani
As you walk or drive through the Oyster Bay- East Norwich neighborhoods, readily visible are bright-orange pumpkins decorating home after home. You’re likely to see pumpkins in other ways, too. Pumpkin festivals, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin-flavored coffee, pumpkin-flavored ice cream, and pumpkin soup to name a few pumpkin-themed activities and items. It’s clear that the pumpkin rules supreme in the United States during the fall season.
How did the pumpkin evolve to become such a popular symbol of the fall? The history of the pumpkin is an interesting one. According to The History Kitchen, the pumpkin is believed to have originated in Central America over 7,500 years ago. The original pumpkins were small and very hard with a bitter flavor. The hard shell of the pumpkin was used by the natives of Central America for storage during cold winters when food was scarce. Once the pumpkin migrated to North America, it was grown as food. The pumpkin and its seeds have tremendous nutritional value. Cooked pumpkin can be flavored with butter and spices.
By Matthew Wong
On October 13th, Apple hosted its annual event to announce the release of the new iPhones and additional accessories. The iPhone is Apple’s best selling item, and this year, the tech company released four new phones: the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Max. Numerous upgrades were made to the newest models, including improved cameras, a new angular design, and, most importantly, 5G connectivity. As a result of these upgrades, market analysts predict that the release of the new iPhone 12s will greatly boost Apple’s sales.
Each iPhone 12 has different capabilities and features; therefore, each one has a different price. The cheapest phone of the four, the iPhone 12 mini, starts at $699 and has a 5.4-inch display. The iPhone 12 is priced at $799 with a 6.1-inch display. These two phones come in white, black, green, red, and blue. The more expensive models, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Max, start at $999 and $1,099 and possess a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch display, respectively. The color options for these two are silver, graphite, gold, and Pacific blue.
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