June Newsletter

A Dandy Sight

Blooms of dandelions are an annual sight across many landscapes. The plant’s head holds as many as 300 ray flowers that look like tiny petals. These mature into white seeds that can disperse and drift off miles away. Folklore says the dandelion’s life cycle symbolizes our solar system: The yellow flower resembles the sun, the white puff ball looks like the moon and the scattered seeds are the stars.

The Kindness of Nursing Assistants

In a variety of settings, you’ll find nursing assistants providing hands-on care to patients and support to nurses. Every June, Nursing Assistants Week honors their hard work. This year’s event, June 18–25, highlights the generosity these caregivers show every day with the 2020 theme “Kindness.”

Funky Ice Cream Flavors

While chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are staple ice cream flavors, shops across the country are offering more unusual or exotic options. You can now get scoops with ingredients such as corn on the cob, lobster, goat cheese, horseradish and black pepper.

Management Team

Steve Dean……………….. Interim Executive Director

Sal Vasquez………………….. Business Office Manager

Stephanie Johannsen…………………. Health & Wellness Director

Emilio Avina……………… Dining Service Director

Orlando LaRosa……………….. Maintenance Director

Cynthia Rodriguez……. Sales & Marketing Director

Eva hall…………………. Program Assistant


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Alvin J.


Russell B.


Royal Estates Resident Council Members
  • Lois Bates
  • Isabel Champion
  • Jack Kurtz
  • John Majercik
  • Viki Williams

Please speak with a Resident Council member if you would like to join a Committee!

‘Jaws’ Turns 45

Considered to be the first summer blockbuster, the thriller “Jaws” opened in theaters on June 20, 1975. Dive into these fin-tastic facts about the film.

  • “Jaws” was based on the novel of the same name by Peter Benchley, who also co-wrote the screenplay. He originally titled the book “Silence in the Deep.”
  • Three mechanical sharks were built to portray the great white beast that terrorizes a seaside town.
  • To add suspense, the shark isn’t seen until nearly an hour and a half into the film.
  • The memorable line “You’re going to need a bigger boat” was ad-libbed by actor Roy Scheider, who played the town police chief, Martin Brody.
  • The fishing boat used to track the shark is named the Orca. In real life, orcas are the only natural predators of great white sharks.
  • John Williams composed the famously foreboding two-note “Jaws” theme, winning the Academy Award for best original score.
  • The first movie to make over $100 million at the box office, “Jaws” was the highest-grossing film ofall time until 1977’s “Star Wars.”
Ways To Drink More Water

During warm weather, it’s important to drink plenty ofwater to prevent dehydration. Increase your intake and stay refreshed by following these tips:

Make it part of your daily routine. Dietitians recommend drinking water at several specific points during the day: after you wake up, with meals, before and after exercise, and when taking medication.

Pick a cup and fill ’er up! An insulated bottle, a colourful tumbler, a mug with a handle … it doesn’t matter what kind of drinkware you use, as long as you like it. Choose a container that is comfortable to use and suits your style.

Sip through a straw. Many people find it easier to drink through a straw, and you’ll get more water with every sip. Plus, sipping slowly is betterthan guzzling, which can cause bloating.

Find your favorite flavor. If you don’t like plain water or simply want some variety, enhance the flavor with a few fresh berries, some sliced fruit, a splash of juice, or sprigs of fresh herbs such as spearmint.

Lure ’Em In

Open up an angler’s tackle box, and there’s likely to be a few fishing lures inside. An alternative to live bait, lures come in a variety of styles.

Crankbait. Also called cranks or plugs, these popular lures are made of plastic or wood and look like bait such as small fish or frogs. An attached piece, or lip, on the lure controls how it moves in the water. Cranks usually have multiple hooks.

Jigs. A hook with a weighted metal head that allows it to sink, this type of lure is made for jigging, a style of fishing where the rod is lifted and lowered back down repeatedly, creating a dancing movement to attract fish.

Spoons. One of the oldest lures used was a common utensil—a spoon with its handle removed. Modern spoons are simply curved metal lures with a hook. The curved shape makes the lure wobble side to side, resembling injured bait to hungry fish.

Flies. To make these lures used for fly fishing, anglers tie fur, feathers or thread around a fishhook so that it resembles an insect or crustacean. Because of the skill involved, tying flies is considered an art.

Bananas for Bananas

A staple for breakfast meals and the perfect on-the-go snack, bananas are one of the world’s most consumed fruits.

Bananas were cultivated thousands of years ago in Southeast Asia and reached the New World in the 16th century. When first imported to the U.S. in the 1800s, the banana was considered an exotic food and eaten with a knife and fork.

Although bananas are considered fruits, botanically they are berries. They grow upside down on giant herb plants, not trees, in tropical climates. Their familiar curved shape is the result of growing against gravity toward the sunlight. An individual banana is called a finger, and a bunch is called a hand.

Worldwide, there are over 1,000 varieties of bananas, but the one most commonly found in stores and eaten fresh is the bright yellow Cavendish, due to its sweet taste and creamy texture. Bananas are rich in potassium, which can help lower blood pressure.

U.S. Military Helmets Through History

A crucial piece of equipment for a soldier in battle is their helmet.

The U.S. Army first issued helmets when America entered World War I in 1917. Modeled after the British Army’s Brodie helmet, the headgear resembled an upside-down metal bowl with a brim and chinstrap. The steel helmet helped protect the tops of soldiers’ heads.

World War II soldiers wore U.S. Military Helmets Through History A crucial piece of equipmentfor a soldier in battle is their helmet. The U.S. Army first issued helmets when America entered World War I in 1917. Modeled after the British Army’s Brodie helmet, the headgear resembled an upside-down metal bowl with a brim and chinstrap. The steel helmet helped protect the tops of soldiers’ heads. the M1 helmet, which extended farther down the head and had asteel shell and adjustable liner, similar to construction hard hats. Its sturdiness prompted troops to nickname it the “steel pot.” The M1 went on to be the standard-issue helmet during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

The invention of Kevlar led to the PASGT helmet, short for personal armor system for ground troops. Layers of puncture-resistant Kevlar provided a more lightweight shield for troops. Since 2003, U.S. ground forces have worn the ACH, or advanced combat helmet, but officials are continually testing new options.

Wit & Wisdom
“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.” — Celia Thaxter
“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer.” — Toni Morrison
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees … I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Summer is singing with joy, and the beaches are inviting you with dancing waves.” — Debasish Mridha
“Oh sun! Fervid sun! You welcome me with summer. Drench me in your rays.” — Richelle E. Goodrich
“In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other … this collection of weeks when anything was possible.” — Sarah Dessen
“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” — William Shakespeare
“This Month In History” JUNE
  • 1910: The first statewide celebration of Father’s Day is held in Washington. The day honoring fathers was proclaimed a national holiday in 1972.
  • 1928: Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five band record “West End Blues,” considered to be one of the greatest jazz songs of all time.
  • 1939: The first Little League Baseball game is played in Williamsport, Pa.
  • 1944: Allied forces storm the beaches of Normandy, France, in the D-Day invasion of World War II.
  • 1956: The last Packard rolls off the production line at the luxury car’s manufacturing plant in Detroit.
  • 1978: Comic strip cat “Garfield,” created by Jim Davis, debuts in 41 newspapers.
  • 1993: Chuck Berry, Ruth Brown and Billy Joel are among the stars who help break ground for the new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame building in Cleveland.
  • 2007: After recovering from near extinction, the American bald eagle is removed from the endangered species list.
  • 2012: Daredevil Nik Wallenda makes high-wire history after walking a 1,800-foot-long wire suspended over Niagara Falls.
  • 2019: “Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer’s winning streak ends at 32 games. He won over $2.4 million on the TV quiz show.

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