WEST WYOMING – At any time since a tricky-fought and controversial presidential election, social media has been a battleground for political sights, so considerably so, Tom Ciampi decided ample was ample.
Facebook has been a location for so numerous many years the place pals catch up with good friends family members retained in contact with just about every other, and companies and enterprises educated customers and shoppers. And his new Facebook team aims at just that.
In additional latest times, political opinions have surfaced bringing almost everything from spirited debates to downright insults, offensive slurs and anger.
Longtime close friends observed division among on their own, family no for a longer period converse to each and every other and discord grew to become deeper.
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Ciampi, who at 61 has been a member of both equally the Democratic Party and Republican Celebration, normally instances finds himself voting for the human being and issues instead than celebration for the task.
He bought caught up in all the fervor obtaining himself vocalizing publicly when, typically moments, it would get terrible concerning family and friends. So he felt it was time to scale back again and to redirect his notice to a single of his passions – foods.
Ciampi admits he has been attempting to wean himself off political matters in excess of the earlier several months.
“It arrived down to this, I’m by no means going to adjust anybody’s thoughts on the other finish and they are not going to change mine,” Ciampi acknowledged. “It grew to become pointless, and I hated when men and women started doing the individual jab. I respect anybody’s opinion as to why they vote 1 way or the other, but once it starts off having down and dirty, it’s match in excess of.”
Back again in early September 2020, on the assistance of his son, Adam, Ciampi designed the Fb group, Just Meals/No Politics. Originally it started out slow, but the member listing as of this past week strike 1,350 associates.
“My son, Adam, reported to me, ‘Okay, more than enough about politics, why do not you just submit some foods photos,’” Ciampi reported. “I was sitting down on the porch one day having a coffee and I assumed, he’s (Adam) is appropriate, I came up with the name Just Food items/No Politics and off it went. It is that simple.”
Acknowledging turning his focus to other subjects was the most effective way to go for himself and cooking staying a enthusiasm, Ciampi couldn’t be any happier with the way the team has been heading.
“The Just Foods factor has turned out actually well, greater than I predicted at this place,” Ciampi admitted. “When I commenced it, my spouse Linda and I ended up at the shore and I claimed to her, we require 200 users and questioned her to get some close friends to be a part of. When we crossed that barrier, then we obtained 300, then 400 till where we are these days.”
Ciampi is no stranger to the foods sector. His grandmother Mary Ciampi began the Blue Moon Cafè in the 1950s in West Pittston and afterwards she and Ciampi’s father Tom Sr., opened Ciampi’s Supper Club in the 1970s on Luzerne Avenue for quite a few many years.
Immediately after the supper club shut its doors, yrs afterwards, Ciampi and wife Linda reopened it for a four-yr stint in the mid-1980s.
The Fb team is a shut team and you have to be invited to join, as soon as a opportunity member applies, Ciampi himself screens each specific to make absolutely sure they are reputable on becoming a member of.
“I don’t want to be hacked. I’m pretty watchful,” Ciampi stated. “I seem at their profile and see the place they are from and if they put up meals or family and close friends. So considerably, everyone’s been rather very good and I’ve only experienced to choose down a several people today.”
Ciampi mentioned there are several members that are from Better Pittston and Northeastern Pennsylvania, but there are also people joining from all-around the place.
“There are members from all about the United States and even a handful of from out of the region,” Ciampi boasted. “I bought a request to be part of from Burma, and I have a couple of from the United Kingdom.”
Ciampi will search ahead to the advancement of the group to see how considerably it will go and how numerous people today it will reach.
Customers share recipes, but much more are far more cozy distributing pics of ready dishes of food stuff they are serving.
“I appreciate what they are posting, and the recipes seem actually good,” member Cathy Fusco, claimed. “The recipes appear very simple to make. I have posted pictures of meals so considerably, but I hope to submit some recipes just one day, but I actually like the team.”
Ciampi’s childhood friend, Don Jacobs, who stays Ciampi’s finest good friend nowadays, was one of the 1st customers of the Just Foods/No Politics, group experience food stuff is a excellent way of uniting folks.
“Politics was dragging most people down,” Jacobs explained. “Food is a widespread denominator to make most people happy, so I was all in and 1 of the initial men and women to submit to the group.”
Jacobs, who is no stranger to the oven or stove, said he actually enjoys the team website and loves to contribute as often as possible.
“If I do a meatloaf with mashed potatoes, everybody has their preferred meatloaf but if somebody requested if I have a most loved meatloaf recipe, I’ll put in on the web page,” Jacobs explained. “I really like sharing recipes and imagined processes and to me, I appreciate cooking, I adore sharing cooking and I really like seeking to see what many others are eating.”
Jacobs and other folks will publish a dish they built and after accepted into the team, you can go to the media web page and see hundreds of plates and platters of foods and desserts.
Ciampi explained from Dec. 4 to Feb. 1 there was 1,231 posts, 7,889 opinions and just about 42,000 reactions.
“I really like talking food items, and I think this (team) has been the very best factor I have been associated with, period of time, by means of this entire coronavirus and political stage we’ve been on. I adore it I seriously appreciate it. It is a acquire-get.”
“I appreciate the interaction of individuals commenting on posts, a lot of people sharing recipes, and a good deal of encouragement for every other,” Ciampi said. “It has all surprised me.”