News briefing for the end of September.
September 22 – Pope Francis Visits America. The Pope landed in Washington D.C. on Tuesday and began his American journey the next day with a White House Welcoming Ceremony. His visit brought him from Washington D.C., then to New York and lastly to Philadelphia. Some stops he made on the way were at the United State’s Capitol, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and World Trade Center, Central Park, the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility and many prominent churches and cathedrals. He addressed many different U.S. and world issues in his speeches, including climate change, immigration, and poverty. Pope Francis is the first Pope from Latin America, with his native tongue being Spanish, but spoke mostly in English in respect to our country. Past Popes talked about subjects such as abortion and homosexuality in their public addresses, but Pope Francis tended to focus on humanitarian and world-wide issues, such as innocent children dying of hunger and bombings, immigrants who “drown in the search for a better tomorrow” and our environment that is “devastated by man’s predatory relationship with nature.” Pope Francis left America and returned back to the Vatican on Sunday, Sept. 27.
September 26 – The Global Citizens Festival to End World Hunger Held in Central Park, New York City. On their website, they state, “Global Citizen is a community of people like you. People who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges—and use their power to get other people involved too. We bring you stories and actions that make a difference. That help fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world, and support approaches that will make life more sustainable for people and the planet.” The goal for their 2015 festival was to set a new blueprint created at the UN General Assembly that aims to “fight inequality, protect our planet and end extreme poverty by 2030.” Some huge acts at the show included Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, and Pearl Jam, with special appearances made my First Lady Michelle Obama, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and activist Malala Yousafzai, Vice President Joe Biden, Bill and Melinda Gates and other musical acts such as Ariana Grande and Sting. Tickets to the event were free of charge, but were given out to recipients who took part in actions to end extreme poverty through the organization.
September 2015 – New Restaurant: The Turtle + The Wolf Opening in Upper Montclair. The restaurant was created by Chef Lauren Hirschberg and Matt Trevenen, and they stated in a release, “American inspired with global influences, the cuisine will feature quality ingredients prepared with care and precision. The menu will be regularly updated, demonstrating a commitment to the locally grown and the recently harvested.” They will be serving dinner six times a week, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The story behind their name is a tribute, as stated in their website, “the turtle and wolf were two of the clan symbols for the Lenape Indians. As these were the indigenous people to the area that is now Montclair, I thought this was a cool way to give historical context to the restaurant and its location.” The restaurant will be opening soon and is located on 622 Valley Road in Upper Montclair.