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Jack’s Place — for breakfast!

I’m not a big breakfast guy during the week.

But I sure like cooking up a morning storm on Saturdays and Sundays. Omelets, bacon, sausage, toast, ketchup and the morning Gazette. That just about tides me over for the whole day. The whole next day too, if you really want to know.

On Sunday, I’m thinking about visiting the Fort Hunter Firehouse at 3525 Carman Road in Guilderland. The Falvo family of Schenectady — through its Jack Falvo III Foundation — is running a breakfast buffet fundraiser from 8 a.m. until noon. Great way to start a Super Bowl Sunday!

Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice are all on the menu. And it’s an all-you-can-eat deal — good news for a guy like me, who doesn’t mind a couple thousand calories to start the day on the weekend. Adults are in for $8; children under 8 years of age are $4.

The Foundation is on a mission. Members are raising money for Jack’s Place, a hospitality house that will honor the memory of Jack Falvo III, who died in a Jet Ski accident on the Mohawk River on July 17, 2005. The breakfast party is the first of three foundation events to put money in the bank. Still to come are an Italian-style dinner at St. Anthony’s Church and the giant Jack Falvo III Memorial Golf Tournament at Western Turnpike during the summer.

Funds raised during the breakfast, dinner and golf outings will be used to buy a house designed for families of children and adult patients at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady and Northwoods Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility in Niskayuna. People who visit family members at Sunnyview and Northwoods often have no place to stay, and that’s where Jack’s Place will lend a helping hand.

The Falvo group has not depended solely on plates and putts for the project. Last fall, the foundation received a $5,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The money will be used to furnish the family room in Jack’s Place. “This is one of the many examples of community support that moves us closer to achieving our goal,” said Jack Falvo Jr., Jack’s father and a foundation board member.

Click HERE to see a photo of the UPS-Jack’s Place team-up.

A firehouse breakfast sounds good to me, especially since while my homestyle omelettes always turn out great, I generally undercook or overcook the bacon. There’s never any middle ground, so I’m happy to hand off the chore to some buffet professionals! I expect to bring an appetite, maybe some Tabasco sauce, too. Can’t have scrambled eggs without Tabasco sauce!

And I’m going back for seconds! Can never get enough crispy bacon!

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February 5, 2010
11:53 a.m.

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Hey Wilkman now I know why you look the way you do because of what you eat after eating seconds you might as well go back for thirds you are to far gone as it is. Don't forget to pig out on Super Bowl Sunday and drink your daily allotment of beer,have fun. I will be drinking my protein shakes and eating protein bars during the game and at halftime I will be doing push ups and sit ups now that's how you have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 5, 2010
2:37 p.m.

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Bacon and eggs ... breakfast of champions! Protein shakes ... full of chemicals and steroids. You've got to go natural, Hop-Sing! And speaking of Hop-Sing, he cooked plenty of pancakes and bacon for Hoss on Bonanza, and I doubt you ever could have taken Hoss Cartwright in a fair fight. He ate correctly ... while you are just downing magnesium, chlorine, bone meal and other garbage! Wise up! It's not too late!

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