First Annual Pints for POP Oktoberfest at Old Causeway October 27

October 26, 2016

STAFFORD, NJ - The First Annual Pints for POP Oktoberfest will be held Thursday October 27 from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. at The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House to benefit the Piece of the Puzzle, Inc. 

Piece of the Puzzle, Inc. is a 501(c) non-profit organization and has "a vision that grew from a need that has become a dream." With the current employment rate of 2% ...

South Plainfield Tiger Marching Band Competition

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Sunday Oct. 23rd the South Plainfield Tiger Marching Band competed in the USBands Class IIIA NJ State Championships held at Rowan University. The Tigers competed against 22 other schools in group IIIA from around the state of New Jersey. The band came away with its highest rank at the state level- placing 10th overall and a season high score of 89.638, which surpasses ...

Chatham High Select Choir Rocks Carnegie Hall in Foreigner Band Contest – and WINS!

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham High School Select Choir was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Grammy Foundation in competition against three tri-state area choirs at Carnegie Hall Tuesday night as part of the rock band Foreigner's 40th anniversary tour.

In conjunction with iheart Radio Q104FM, Foreigner invited local school choirs to compete for a $5,000 grant from the Grammy Foundation - and a ...

Beckerath Organ Recital by Colin MacKnight at St. Stephen’s Church in Millburn

MILLBURN, NJ - Juilliard doctoral student and prize-winning organist Colin MacKnight will play the opening recital in this 47th season of Beckerath Organ Recitals at St. Stephen’s Church,119 Main Street, Millburn, on Sunday afternoon, November 13, at 4 p.m.    

His program will include Bach’s great Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, Mozart’s Andante in F ...

Winner of Fearless Icon Round 4

RAHWAY, NJ - The competition has heated up over the past month and as we get close to the final elimination it's amazing to see how talented everyone is. Ariel Sheridan won the 4th round, and couldn't be happier about it! I asked Ariel about what she experienced that night on the stage, and this is what she said:

"I went into Fearless Icon not knowing at all what to expect. While ...

Westfield Marching Band Wins Award for Best Color Guard in NJ

​​NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Westfield High School has the best color guard in the state — and that’s official.

Judges in the USBands New Jersey State Championships at Rutgers University this weekend gave the Marching Blue Devils the award for Best Color Guard as the band took third place in the 6A class.

The current national champions have seen their band double in size in the ...

Plainfield Children's Library November 2016 Events

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Public Library has released its calendar of children's events for the month of November.

Kids Vote is a mock election in which children can cast their vote from Tuesday, November 1st until Tuesday, November 8th, Election Day.

The National Novel Scavenger Hunt will run from Monday, November 14th through Wednesday, November 23rd.  Kids will complete a ...

Halloween in Warren 2016: Creepy Clown Craze Forces Guideline Changes

WARREN, NJ - With Trunk or Treat events fast approaching at Warren Township Schools, students, parents, visitors and older students helping out at the events are reminded that some guidelines are different this year to help to ensure that the events are safe and fun. 

All of the Warren Elementary Schools are looking forward to celebrating their PTO Trunk or Treat events this ...

'13 Skeletons' Returning to Bridgewater for Halloween With Presidential Display

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - It started with a theme of skeletons in 2006 when Bridgewater resident Jim Adams decided to just put a few in his yard, and periodically move them to different positions.

“Kids on the school bus saw, and they thought the skeletons were real because they were moving,” Adams said.

Adams said he started with 13 of them, and decided that that was a good ...

Spotswood PTA to Serve Up Slam Dunks with the Harlem Wizards

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA will be setting up some slam dunks and basketball tricks courtesy of the Harlem Wizards on Saturday, November 5 at the Spotswood High School Gymnasium. The Harlem Wizards have been showing off their prowess on the court for more than 50 years. They began their slam dunk basketball and comedy show in 1962. It was the brainchild of New York sports promoter, Howie ...

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Thu, October 27, 10:00 AM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit

Blue Water Art Exhibit at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

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Thu, October 27, 11:00 AM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Children's and Teen's Book Sale

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Thu, October 27, 12:00 PM

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair

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Families Invited to Participate in Fall Festival at Watchung Reservation Nov. 5

October 26, 2016

All  families in the area are invited to attend “Watchung Day,” an interactive family festival taking place on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Watchung Reservation. Activities offered include: BB, archery, outdoor cooking, STEM fun, crafts, sports, field games, nature activities and more.

Watchung Day will take place in the Scout Camping Area of Watchung ...

Crestwood Lake by Mark R. Vogel

Crestwood Lake by Mark R. Vogel (Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

It's that time of year when the sun sets early and the rustle of autumn leaves scattering across sidewalks in the dusk makes us hurry to get inside our cozy homes. The goblins of our imaginations lurk among the jack o' lantern lit darkness. This is the time of year when readers, who love the masters of ...

‘Mama’s Boy’ Explores the Life of Lee Harvey Oswald

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Despite the Warren Commission, an Oliver Stone movie and various speculations, in the long run it seems that Lee Harvey Oswald acted on his own in assassinating President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. But Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby before his motives could be explored.

Rob Urbinati’s play, now at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, delves into the ...

Pass me a Flagel with Cream Cheese, Please

“Ummm, this is good,” said my husband with a mouthful of food. “What is it?”

I looked up from the kitchen sink where I was doing dishes.  “It’s a cronut.”

“A what?”

“A cronut.  It’s part croissant part doughnut.”

He looked at me like I had two heads.

“I was actually going to get some duffins, ...

Five Halloween Hacks Every Parent Needs to Know

I’ve been celebrating Halloween with my kids for over a decade now, and as a result, I’ve got a few Halloween hacks for parents to share.

1. Go to the pumpkin patch early. Some might take this advice a step further and skip heading out to the over-crowded pumpkin-slash-apple-slash-pony-ride-slash-corn-maze extravaganza entirely, but not me. Those fall pumpkin ...

Why Worry?

The President of the United States and a designated Military Aide with top level security clearance are riding on Air Force One.


President: Reluctantly, I have decided to drop the bomb.


Aide: Yes, sir.  You will need this.  It’s the Nuclear Football.


President: It looks like a black briefcase with an antenna.


Aide: It is, ...