Volunteer Opportunities With Autism New Jersey

Autism New Jersey Image: autismnj.org
Autism New Jersey
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Barry Grummer is a home improvement contractor and the president of KR&R in New York City, New York. In addition to managing his restoration and roofing business, Barry Grummer is also involved with Autism New Jersey.

Autism New Jersey is a group of parents and professional individuals who work hard to improve the livelihood of people with autism. Many of the jobs within the organization are done by volunteers. Those interested in volunteering with Autism New Jersey can get involved in a number of ways.

1. Office workers are needed for day to day tasks such as data entry, mailing, and organizing Autism Awareness Kits.

2. Volunteers can help out at fundraising events such as Ride for Autism – an annual charity bike tour that often sees as many as 800 riders – or the annual Golf Outing, which holds its 18th installment this November. Volunteers are also needed in summer and autumn in preparation for the yearly conference.

3. Dedicated individuals can also become Autism New Jersey Representatives. These advocates participate in presentations and community fundraisers, providing information to attendees.


Machu Picchu – When to Go, How to Get There, and Where to Stay

Machu Picchu pic
Machu Picchu
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Entrepreneur Barry Grummer is the president of K Restoration and Roofing Corp. (KR&R), a New York-based preventive maintenance and leak detection company. Away from his professional responsibilities, Barry Grummer enjoys traveling the world. One of his most recent trips was to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Recognized around the world as an important and complex archaeological site, Machu Picchu is a popular tourist attraction. However, taking a trip to the area requires a fair bit of planning. Machu Picchu is open all year, but trips can vary greatly depending on when you visit. Between May and October, the site is very dry. Crowds are larger, but the weather is nice and the Inca Trail is open. Meanwhile, from November through April, the area sees a great deal of rain. Crowds are lower, mudslides are occasionally a problem, and the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance during February.

Beyond deciding on when to visit, you’ll want to put some thought into where to stay and how to get to the site. There are two options for getting to Machu Picchu: by foot and by train. Hiking the Inca Trail is a great experience, but it normally takes four days to complete the classic path. Meanwhile, trains depart from Ollantaytambo and Poroy. It is wise to buy train tickets early and admission to Machu Picchu is only available with a pre-purchased ticket. In terms of lodgings, if there are plenty of places to stay in Ollantaytambo, Cusco, and Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is often the best place to stay because it has a bus that runs to Machu Picchu, allowing you to explore the ruins for much longer without having to worry about catching a train back.

The New York City Special Riggers Association – About Membership

The president of K Restoration and Roofing Corporation, Barry Grummer oversees the company’s more than 20 active projects and over $15 million in annual sales. A longtime restoration and roofing professional, Barry Grummer is also a member of the New York City Special Riggers Association (NYCSRA).

The NYCSRA was created in response to pending legislative changes to the special rigger’s license. With dozens of member companies, the NYCSRA serves as an advocacy group and resource to keep its members and the city’s general population safe through update notifications from OSHA and the New York City Department of Building.

Open to licensed special rigger organizations and individuals who perform construction and restoration projects on the city’s skyscrapers from suspended scaffolds, the NYCSRA has established itself as a significant presence in the industry. For instance, it has testified before the NYC Council Committee on Housing and Buildings hearing and assembled a panel of experts from the Department of Building for a NYCSRA meeting.

To become a member of the NYCSRA, interested parties need to fill out an online application to indicate the company’s specialty, any notable projects, how its business is divided, and whether or not it owns or rents its equipment. Additionally, the nonprofit association is open to both union and non-union organizations.

Young Autism Program – Early Intervention and Preschool Initiatives

Experienced contracting professional Barry Grummer has led as president of KR&R Restoration and Roofing since 2002. Barry Grummer also contributes to such nonprofit organizations as the Developmental Disabilities Institute’s Young Autism Program (YAP).

The YAP at the Developmental Disabilities Institute offers a number of services for young children with autism and their families. Young Autism’s early intervention initiative, for example, provides state-approved evaluations and services to children with confirmed diagnoses. These programs include speech and physical therapy, parent training, and developmental groups that offer child-specific support and instruction. YAP’s services, which include on-site programming as well as home visits and parent support, are available to children aged 18 months up to 3 years.

Similarly, YAP’s preschool program operates through the New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education, which oversees and funds approved providers, including YAP, statewide. The YAP preschool program offers children a multidisciplinary and individualized approach that incorporates behavior analysis and support as well as differentiated academic instruction. Students learn from specialized, respectful teachers, who collaborate in their work with board-certified behavior analysts, speech pathologists, physical therapists, and other skilled professional staff members.

Visiting the Hudson River Valley

Barry Grummer currently serves as president of KR&R Restoration and Roofing in New York City. When he’s not working, Barry Grummer enjoys getting outside and powerboating on Long Island Sound and the Hudson River.

Offering a refuge to the urban residents of New York City, the Hudson River Valley is a gorgeous breath of fresh air just hours outside of the city. A great place to start is in Hudson, which is two hours from Manhattan by car. Amtrak also runs 14 trains daily from Penn Station to Hudson, where rental cars are available.

The Hudson River Valley is known for its scenery, which inspired many artists to capture the river and the dramatic Catskill Mountains. But the area is also developed enough for tourists to enjoy a comfortable stay. The area is home to many charming bed and breakfasts, such as Mount Merino Manor, the Olde Rhinebeck Inn, Moondance Ridge Bed & Breakfast, and plenty more. The area also plays host to a number of highly rated restaurants with excellent atmospheres.

In addition to accommodations and scenery, the Hudson River Valley offers shopping options and historic attractions, such as the Poets’ Walk and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

A Final Allman Brothers Show in Honor of Duane Allman

Barry Grummer is a longtime New York contractor and executive who leads K Restoration & Roofing Corp. as president. Passionate about music of the 1960s and 1970s, Barry Grummer enjoys the recordings of musicians such as Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers Band. A seminal Southern rock outfit, the Allman Brothers continued throughout the decades, despite the early loss of founding member Duane Allman to a motorcycle accident.

October, 29, 2014, marked the Allman Brothers’ final concert, with the extended show coming on the 43rd anniversary of Duane’s 1971 death. Guitarist Derek Trucks paid tribute to the slide guitar legend by playing his Goldtop 1957 Les Paul throughout the concert.

The encore featured the blues standard, “Trouble No More.” Originally recorded by Muddy Waters in the 1950s, the song was the first that the original Allman Brothers jammed to after forming. Keyboardist Gregg Allman noted that, despite a friendly rivalry with his late brother, “he lit a fire under me and under all of us.”

Basics of Green Roofing

The president of KR&R, a restoration and roofing corporation based in New York City, Barry Grummer has decades of experience in the industry. A certified construction manager, Barry Grummer has overseen a wide variety of projects, including preventative maintenance and green roofing.

Ideal for the flat, shallow-sided roofs of urban areas, green roofs can also be installed on some sloping roofs. There are a number of benefits to green roofs, including reduced energy costs, noise reduction, and increased life of the building’s existing roof.

Green roofs come in three different types: intensive, semi-intensive, and extensive. The types mainly differ by the depths of the planting material, which can range from 3 inches for extensive roofs to more than 24 inches for intensive roofs. The planting material depth also dictates how often it needs to be watered, the design of its irrigation, and what types of plants it will support.
Homeowners considering green roofing have a few things to consider, especially the high initial cost to waterproof and plant the roof as well as the roof’s increased weight. If after a careful assessment these costs are deemed feasible, a green roof is a great way for homeowners to cut back on greenhouse emissions and eliminate the heat island effect common in urban centers.