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Mandy Patinkin Headlines “Live from Greater MetroWest”

Whippany, NJ, February 14, 2013 — Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin, star of Showtime’s Homeland, will be the special guest at "Live from Greater MetroWest" on Thursday, March 7, at the Hilton Parsippany.

A festive, social event, the evening will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a cocktail hour and light dinner followed by dessert and the program. Michelle Cohen and Steve Samansky of Short Hills and Cathy and Steven Tabak of Westfield are event chairs.

Patinkin has a long and illustrious career as an actor in theater, film, and television, and as a singer and recording artist. Highlights include his 1980 Broadway debut in his Tony award-winning role as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita and in 1984, his starring role as George in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George. In 1991, he returned to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden. Six years later, he performed a sold-out engagement of his one-man show, Mandy Patinkin in Concert, with all profits benefiting five charitable organizations.

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Patinkin won a 1995 Emmy Award for his performance in the CBS series Chicago Hope. He currently stars in the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Showtime Original Series, Homeland, as CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson.

Live from Greater MetroWest benefits Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Federation cares for people in need locally, in Israel, and around the world. Among the many programs Federation supports are: job training and placement services for the unemployed; crisis counseling for families; supportive services for seniors; Jewish identity building initiatives; programs/services for people with special needs and their families; Israel education and advocacy; leadership development; and Birthright Israel.

A minimum gift of $750 (by individual or couple) to the 2013 UJA Campaign enables attendance at the event; there is a special minimum gift of $360 for first-time donors or those ages 45 or younger (individual or couple). The couvert is $75 per person.

To RSVP and for more information, visit or call (973) 929-3042.

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ) stands at the center of a network of partner agencies dedicated to providing comprehensive social services and meeting the educational, vocational, recreational, and social needs of Jews locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Responding to emergency and disaster situations around the world is another important part of the Federation mission.

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Livingston Bowling's Allen Cai Named Livingston Athlete of the Week

January 15, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School bowling’s walk-on senior Allen Cai is named Dr. Michael Rieber’s Livingston Athlete of the Week for establishing himself as one of the best bowlers in the SEC's Colonial Division.

According to bowling coach Griff Hughes, Cai currently holds a 205 average, which is the third-best average in the division. He has also bowled ...

Essex County Freeholders Honor Retiring Livingston Volleyball Coach Al Partelow

January 24, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — At-Large Essex County Freeholder Patricia Sebold of Livingston recently sponsored a commendation honoring Alanson Partelow on his retirement from Livingston High School after 45 years of “outstanding and dedicated service.” The Partelow family joined the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders at its Jan. 18 meeting, where longtime educator and volleyball coach was ...

Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address some two of the major themes.

(Q) The election ...

Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills Presents: Murder Mystery Dinner in Livingston

January 21, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH), an organization of women developed as civic and community leaders creating lasting community impact, is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Cedar Hill Country Club, 100 Walnut Street, in Livingston.

Event attire is cocktail and complimentary valet parking will be ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Shayne Apple on Guitar

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight Shayne Apple, a fifth grader at Riker Hill Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Shayne also plays trombone in the school band and participates in the school choir. According to his mother, Sharon, Shayne was inspired to pick up guitar not long after his father decided to learn the same ...

Preparing for the Ski Season

It’s all about physical fitness. It’s what allows elite skiers to compete in the most extreme conditions and at their highest levels.  An obvious way to ensure your enjoyment and performance is with the appropriate level of strength, endurance and conditioning.

A balanced program focusing on aerobic fitness, strength training, core and balance is the way to get the most out of ...

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Let’s make America the Greatest Show on Earth Again.


I was very sad to learn that after 146 years of big-top entertainment the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding its tent and leaving town.


This comes a year after the circus, due to mounting pressures from animal rights activists, got rid of the elephants.


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Chamber Spotlight on Mission Fitness Crossfit

The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to spotlight its member, Mission Fitness Crossfit.  Thank you Mission Fitness for partnering with the LACC and being a part of Livingston’s thriving business community.

This virtual interview was conducted by in partnership with the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and answered by owner Joe Romano.

Mission ...