iCreate Cafe – The People Chronicles

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Ashraf Khalil’s journey brought him, not just from Syria, but through a battle with cancer to wellness and a vegan lifestyle. He has his career and shares not just recipes but his technical skills.

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Sky Zone Scranton Brings Jobs And Healthy Activity Into The Wyoming Valley

English: Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania h...

English: Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania highlighting Pittston Township (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, PA — Trading in his cubicle for a trampoline, Jeff Bowne is combining business with his love of healthy living by buying into a franchise called Sky Zone Scranton.

Unique to Northeastern Pennsylvania, Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park franchise established in 2004. In 10 years, the company has expanded to include 65 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia.

Bowne and his sister, Jennifer Crounse, and her husband, Michael, of Allentown, will be opening a new Sky Zone in late September at CenterPoint Commerce and Trade Park East, 525 Keystone Ave., Pittston Township.

The next closest Sky Zone parks are located in Harrisburg and Lancaster.

Read more:  http://www.timesleader.com/news/business-home_top/50085187/A-new-Pittston-business-give-residents-reasons-to-jump#.U-jeE_RDsxI

MOSAIC Community Garden Manager To Facilitate Two Upcoming Workshops

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Environmental Health & Safety Committee

Laura Washington is the Garden Manager for the Mosaic Community Land Trust.  As a certified herbalist, weight and lifestyle coach, and a Level 1 CrossFit trainer, Laura has a passion for organic foods, natural healing and physical activity.  She also serves as a board member for the Pottstown Karate Club.  As a member of the TCN Environmental Health & Safety Committee, Laura conducts organic gardening workshops for the community.  She will be facilitating two upcoming workshops this month.  One will be held on Friday, April 11th at 10:30 am at the Pottstown Seniors’ Center and a second workshop on April 22nd at 6:00pm at the Pottstown Regional Public Library.  “We are proud to have her as a member of the Committee,” stated Robyn Slater, committee co-chair.
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iCreate Café, Pottstown’s Healthy Oasis

Untitled-TrueColor-01I had the pleasure of dining at iCreate Café last night with two very good friends.  It was my first visit, but certainly not my last!

The café is at 130 King Street, Pottstown.  It’s the block between Hanover and York Streets.  iCreate is diagonally across the street from the Salvation Army, so it is very easy to find.

My friends were anxious for me to experience iCreate and to meet the owner, Ashraf (Ash) Khalil.  Walking in I immediately knew I would like this place.  The vibe is definitely chill.  It’s decorated colorfully and casually, making one feel right at home.  The owner, Ash, is very friendly and gave me a tour of the café and computer training center before we were seated.

We brought along a nice bottle of wine, which Ash opened up for us and poured into glasses while we looked over the menu.  The cuisine is vegetarian/vegan and a number of gluten-free items are on the menu as well.

My friends recommended getting a sampler platter on the first visit, which I did.  They have eaten there many times and already have their favorites.  There are several sample platters to choose from.  Mine came with Hummus, Baba Ghannoj, fava bean salad, Debes and pita bread.  My friends ordered several things to share including stuffed grape leaves, Baba Ghannoj and Fattah.  Everything was fantastic.  The entire meal was expertly prepared, delicious and HEALTHY!

The prices are VERY reasonable.  The most expensive menu items are $12.00.  We also had dessert, which was very good.

The website is very well done so you can get a good sense of what to expect before you get there.  The menu is online.  Looking over it again I started a mental list of things I want to try on future visits.

This locally owned and operated business is a refreshing change of pace for Pottstown diners who are drowning in a sea of chain restaurants, pizza and Chinese food.  There is nothing like this place in the Greater Pottstown area, that I am aware of.  The owner also owns a home in Pottstown which in my book makes him somebody who walks the talk.  Give iCreate a try, you won’t be sorry!  We give two Roy’s Rant’s thumbs up!

Address:  130 King Street, Pottstown PA

Phone:      484 312 0404

Internet:   http://www.icreatecafe.org/

Hours of operation are:

Monday: Closed 

Tue, Wed, Thu: 10am – 9 pm

Fri & Sat: 10 am – 9pm 

Sun: 10 am – 6 pm

Diane Mastrull: Working To Build An Empire Of Healthy Fast Food

Location of Horsham Township in Montgomery County

Location of Horsham Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bryn Davis ate his way to entrepreneurship.

Davis, who lives in Horsham, says he entered college a “lean-as-you-can-imagine” 170 pounds.  By his junior year, he was stressing the scales at 240.

A doctor scared him into committing to a healthier lifestyle.  Davis took it one step further: He started a business featuring only healthy fast food.

“When I opened up with smoothies and popcorn, people thought I was insane,” said the founder of Bryn & Dane’s, a low-calorie, low-fat, high-fiber fast-food company in Horsham with a freestanding restaurant – and a recently added catering arm – that expects to exceed $2 million in sales this year.

“Now, people say, ‘Holy crap! I t’s probably going to happen.’ ”

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/small_business/20130617_Diane_Mastrull__Working_to_build_an_empire_of_healthy_fast_food.html#v9g7mH0Su6dqwGCt.99

Pottstown Regional Planners Offer Park Improvement Grants

A mini-grant program for park improvements in the eight municipalities that comprise the Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee is now accepting applications.

Eight grants of up to $25,000 each will be awarded to towns which participate in the regional planning effort to help fund park improvements that promote recreation.

Funding for the grants comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and is being facilitated by the PottstownArea Health and Wellness Foundation.

At this point, the “Request-for-Proposals” phase, the regional planning committee and the foundation are inviting the region’s eight member municipalities to apply for funding for the planning or development of park improvements.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130525/NEWS01/130529453/regional-planners-offer-park-improvement-grants#full_story

Youth Leadership Conference To Be Held In Pottstown

The TCN Youth Development Committee in partnership with the Pottstown School District will hold a Youth Leadership Conference at Pottstown Middle School on Wednesday, May 15.  There will be several workshops on topics such as banking basics, social networking, safe dating, emergency preparedness, healthy lifestyles, drug and alcohol abuse, and stress management.

The Conference will also include brain break activities, an educational movie, and a resource fair for students to learn more about after school programs.  Students from both Pottstown and Pottsgrove Middle Schools will participate.

Special thanks to event sponsors:  Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, Susquehanna Bank, Coqui Studio, Wawa, Freshstart Fitness, Rita’s Water Ice, and Giant.  For more information, please contact TCN at 610-705-3301.