|**** But first a word or two from my wife.
“With everyone spending more time indoors, I thought I might be of help to those of you who live a gluten-free and lactose-free life, which can be extremely expensive, by posting recipes you can use. No, I was not always gluten or lactose intolerant, my mission has been to convert my original recipes to be gluten and lactose-free while making up or riffing off of recipes that caught my eye.”
(To read the blog about cooking and eating, just put the phrase “Mrs.Gabby’s Kitchen” into your browser.)
**** Here now are the True Tales for this week.
**** NYC crematories have 10-plus day backup as deaths surge. The surge in deaths in New York and New Jersey from the Chinese Virus is causing a backup at area crematories, which could mean families may wait 10 days or more before being able to say goodbye to their loved ones.
**** 430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S.since this has started in December. Most have come to the greater New York City area. There were 1,300 direct flights to 17 cities before President Trump’s travel restrictions. Since then, nearly 40,000 Americans and other authorized travelers have made the trip, some this past week and many with spotty screening.
**** 3 free meals will be available for ALL New Yorkers in more than 400 Meal Hubs, Mon-Fri. No cost. No registration. Just pick it up. Not even identification needed.
**** Nearly 1,000 people have been released from city jails in under three weeks to curb the spread of the Chinese Virus— but the number of confirmed cases in local facilities continues to climb. The number of serious crimes plunged 20% over the last two and a half weeks of March compared to a year ago after a state of emergency was declared due to the outbreak.
**** New York City has leased at least 20 hotels to deal with the homeless situation.
**** Easter and Passover coming at the same time this month. It is also the Buddhist new year. No gatherings at houses of worship are permitted.
**** “Save A Thon Store is Your One Stop Store For Discount Fabrics, Crafts, Yarns, Sewing Machines, Notions, And More!” Everyone is starting to sew again as tailor shops are closed.
**** Giving birth has become a moment of terror rather than a joy-full event. More births are being done by midwives and home
**** Basketball and tennis nets taken down all through the parks so that no one is able to gather together for sports.
**** Toy sales surge as everyone who can stays at home with the kiddies. There are, however, no playdates.
**** Many folk won’t pay their rent whether they have the money or not because of no more evictions.
**** Macy will close forever, but it wasn’t just the virus that sunk it.
**** The Chinese virus has done to the New York Mafia that no one could do before. No more sports. No more gambling.