Warren Middle Schooler Returns to Star in NJDTE's 'The Nutcracker’

December 4, 2016


WARREN, NJ – Blood, sweat, sacrifice, time and tears.  Katie Lefkowitz, 12, of Warren, will join renowned professional guest artists when she stars as Clara for the second time in this year’s full-length production of New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s (NJDTE) beloved holiday classic “The Nutcracker.”

Set to the classic music of Peter Tchaikovsky ...

Chatham Resident Premieres Produced Documentary on Fight to Stop Jetport at the Great Swamp

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The closing scene rises up with a widening aerial shot of the 8,000-acre expanse of the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge, a place that might not exist today if not for the people documented in the film: "Saving the Great Swamp: Battle to Stop the Jetport."

The documentary, which took two years to make and was produced by Chatham resident Scott Morris with co-producer ...

Sparta German Christmas Market Day One

SPARTA, NJ - The first day of the German Christmas Market brought out big crowds.  By mid-day people were lined up waiting to get onto the boardwalk.  Every inch of the boardwalk and every room in the country club was consumed by the market and packed with shoppers.

The White Deer Plaza entrance to the boardwalk became a forest of wood carvings, a popular photo spot.  Several ...

Ship Bottom Christmas Parade Draws Huge Crowd

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ - The Ship Bottom Christmas Parade took place on Saturday and has been a Jersey Shore staple for 37 years. The weather was sunny with some wind.  The event drew a very large crowd.  There was strong security to insure the safety of all participants and spectators.  The security forces protecting us included U.S. Homeland Security, Ocean County's ...

Montclair Begins the Holiday Season with a Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Santa came to town on Friday evening in Montclair at the commence of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

Hundreds of residents who had gathered on Church Street were entertained by singing and instrumental holiday performances, as well as a performer who used hula hoop tricks to engage the crowd.

After the countdown to light the tree, the crowd ...

Santa Visits Piscataway’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony (With Video)

PISCATAWAY, NJ – ‘Tis the season to be festive as the township ushered in the 2016 holiday season Friday evening. Residents of all ages gathered in and around the Piscataway Municipal Building for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa Claus.

After a few holiday musical selections by the PHS Chamber Choir, Councilwoman Gabrielle Cahill led the countdown ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Drama Club to Perform “You Can’t Take it With You” This Weekend

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- It’s that time of year again, when the SPF HS students in the Drama Club take on the challenge of playing unusual roles. This year’s production, directed by Kale Thompson, a music instructor at Terrill Middle School, will be the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “You Can’t Take it With You.”

The show revolves around the eccentric Sycamore ...

Vitrano Dedicates 20 Years to Verona's Fair in the Square

VERONA, NJ - Verona resident Diana Vitrano was recognized for her 20 years of service in organizing the Verona Fair in the Square at this year's fair on Saturday.  Mayor Kevin Ryan thanked Vitrano for all of her hard work on the event through the years.  Vitrano is stepping down as coordinator after this year.  

Vitrano explained how the Fair in the Square developed when the ...

Roselle Park Lights Christmas Trees and Welcomes Santa

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Santa came to town on Friday evening in Roselle Park as they held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. This year featured some extra features to the event that included live pony rides, face painting, clowns, singers, and many other performances. 

“This is a historical night because we are not only lighting one Christmas Tree, we are lighting two this ...

Spotswood High School Music Club Lets Teens Share Their Musical Talents

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School Music Club held their annual Winter Concert on Friday, December 3. A small, but enthusiastic audience came out to hear the talented group of singers and musicians showcase their appreciation and artistry for the genre. The club is lead by advisor Christopher Talish, who served as both the emcee and stage crew for the evening. Talish is a veteran science ...

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Holiday Decorations at the Stickley Museum

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Township Christmas Tree Lighting

December 4, 2016

MONTVILLE, NJ -- Join the Montville Recreation Department at our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Monday, Dec. 5th at 6:30 p.m.! The event takes place at the Montville Municipal Building, 195 Change Bridge Road in Montville. Help us welcome the winter season! Sing along with Elvis the Elf and the Girls Scouts, then join us for light refreshments provided by the Women’s Club.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Scout Press, 2016)

Self doubt can be paralyzing. More importantly, the source of self doubt can be even more disturbing and debilitating. In the case of travel writer, Lo Blacklock, a violent home invasion right before the biggest opportunity of her career, leaves her physically and emotionally battered. On edge and sleep deprived, Lo has a destructive ...

My Epic Beauty Fails

One day as I was looking around a high-end cosmetics store for a new lipstick, a “beauty expert” approached me and said that I was so stunning I should forget the lipstick, and get a lip plumper instead. At first I wondered why I needed a lip plumper if I was already so stunning. But then I thought, “Now here is someone wearing a badge that says, ‘beauty expert,’ so ...

The 2016 Powerlessness List in New Jersey

You may have noticed that this week PolitickerNJ again posted their own Power List ––answering the question on everybody’s mind: Who are the most powerful and influential people in New Jersey politics?

And this year, it’s just in time for Thanksgiving!  I’m sure that all of those on their list will sit around with families and friends knowing that this year ...

Getting a Handle on Thanksgiving

This year, on our National Day of Thanks, I would like to express my gratitude for having hands.

We typically don’t thank our body parts because they seldom leave us.  Most of us have not experienced unfortunate accidents or suffered the horrible consequences of war; tragic events  which might cause us to lose a limb.  

Most of us take our fingers and hands and elbows ...