Some companies donate toys or collect canned goods to help their neighbors during the holidays. One local company – A Brooks Kanga Roof – goes above and beyond all year round by providing roof repairs and new roofs to needy families, veterans and dozens of community organizations.
This year, Abe Brooks and his team replaced the roof of Jean and Frank Wilson of Croydon, Bucks County. Nominated by their nephew James Rhoads, the couple’s roof was so badly damaged that buckets were kept throughout the home to catch water when it rained.
Frank Wilson is a 42-year veteran volunteer firefighter and fire police officer, as well as a member of the Bucks County Rescue Squad. The last few years have been difficult ones, as Frank has had many debilitating health problems. The surgeries and hospitalizations had drained the family’s savings – with no money available to fix a badly damaged roof.
“When Abe Brooks came to our house to tell us we would be getting a new roof, I cried like a baby. You don’t see something like this every day. This is neighbor helping neighbor. You’ve heard of the Miracle on 34th Street? Well, this is the miracle on New York Avenue,” said Frank Wilson.
As Abe Brooks, owner of A Brooks Kanga Roof in Bucks County PA, puts it, “This is what Christmas is all about. Giving back…helping those in their time of need… it’s the least we can do.”
Giving back is part of the company’s mission statement – known verbatim by the entire staff: “A. Brooks Construction, Inc. is committed to being a leader in the roofing industry by setting the standards of a knowledgeable, professional, dependable roofing company. We will provide superior service and be true to our word. We are committed to provide for the families that work with us and the communities that we live in.”
The company is based in Bucks County, and has been providing superior service and workmanship to local families since 1987. They stand behind their work and take great pride in giving back to the community. They are a GAF Master Select™ Contractor, receiving GAF’s Excellence Award for 2015 as a
Healthier Spaghetti and Meatballs
Good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs: Our version of this fave from Macaroni Grill will satisfy your primal need for pasta, with about half the calories.
- 2 tbsp. skim milk
- 2 slice thin-sliced white bread
- 1¼ lb. ground white-meat turkey
- ¼ c. grated zucchini
- ¾ c. finely chopped onion
- ¼ c. part-skim ricotta cheese
- 2 tbsp. grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp. Chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tbsp. garlic paste
- 1 large egg
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ¼ tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 c. marinara sauce
- 12 oz. dried spaghetti
- In a microwave-safe bowl, heat milk until just warm. Add bread, to absorb milk. Squeeze out extra liquid from bread, then chop.
- In a large bowl, combine bread, 1 pound of the turkey, zucchini, 1/4 cup of the onion, cheeses, parsley, garlic paste, egg, salt, and pepper. Roll into 1-inch balls.
- In a large, deep nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown meatballs in batches, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove meatballs to a bowl.
- Spray same skillet with olive oil cooking spray. Cook the remaining 1/2 cup onion over medium heat until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining 1/4 pound turkey and cook (breaking it up with a wooden spoon) until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add marinara and heat until simmering. Add meatballs, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Serve meatballs and sauce over spaghetti.