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Five Summit Teens Part of KPS Presentation of Revisionist Play 'The Penelopiad'

"The Penelopiad" is a new and unorthodox retelling of the story of Penelope and Odysseus. Credits: Kent Place School

SUMMIT, NJ - A quintet of Summit teens --  Erin DuCharmeSofi FarisMolly GumpAnna Hogarth and Mary Woodall -- are cast members in the Upper School production of "The Penelopiad," a revisionist play that will be staged by Kent Place School in their Hyde and Watson Theatre on March 3 - 4.

"The Penelopiad" is a new and unorthodox retelling of the story of Penelope and Odysseus, adapted by Margaret Atwood from her novel of the same name. Centering on a seemingly insignificant event included in Homer's The Odyssey, this dramatic version of the story of Odysseus' return to his wife and son was first developed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2007. 

Drama Department Chair Bob Pridham will direct the play, and provided insight into the production process and the creativity exemplified by the entire cast and crew. “The play came to us by recommendation from members of our English Department, who introduce our students to Homer's The Odyssey in the ninth grade. The play itself is quite new, and has not had many productions. Kent Place is among the first high schools in the United States to be given permission to present it.”

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Pridham added, “Rehearsals have been a process of discovery for students and the director – the author employs many different styles of theater in telling her story, and we are constantly challenged by the need to respond to all of the different inspirations at work in the play. We are especially fortunate to have senior Ashley Villarreal in this production: taking inspiration from the lyrics provided in the text, Ashley has created all of the original a cappella choral music which is performed in the play.”

Cast and crew members of the production are Amara Balan '16, Lauren Burr '16, Anjolie Charlot '18, Jayla Creekmur '19, Sophie Dewar '16, Erin DuCharme '19, Sophia Fanelle '19, Sofi Faris ’18, Molly Gump '16, Anna Hogarth '19, Sabrina Hunte '16, Leah Miller '19, Erynn Murphy '17, Sophia Narciso '17, Bronwyn Olstein '16, Gaby Parlapiano ’16, Nicole Pavese '19, Lily Peterson ’16, Sarah Sadlock '19, Noa Segal '17, Sofia Tartaglia '19, Ashley Villarreal '16, and Mary Woodall '18.

Costumes for this play were designed by Judith Mulder, with setting by Danielle Newbury.

The play, appropriate for Middle and Upper School students, will feature performances on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and March 4 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Kent Place School is located at 42 Norwood Avenue.

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New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces 2018 Summer Camps

February 20, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony announced today that it will hold two summer camps, Orchestral Camp from June 24 until July 7 and Junior Winds Camp from July 30 until August 3, at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Campers can take advantage of a 5% tuition discount by registering before the Early Registration deadline on June 1, 2018. For more information visit ...

Return Berkeley Heights Public Library's Books, etc.

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Staff will be at the Municipal Courtroom/Council Chambers at 29 Park Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 to accept them. Enter through the glass door, using the stairs by the Police Department.

For more information, email ...

2018 Gov. Livingston Highlander Softball Clinic Set for March 19

Come join and learn from the 2017 Union County Softball Champion Gov. Livingston coaches and varsity players on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Activities will include the following fastpitch softball skills:

Batting Techniques
Throwing Mechanics
Base Running

Who: Children grades 1-7 of any skill level or ability

Where: Gov. Livingston High School, 175 ...

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Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned Peoples’ Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

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Dear Editor:

I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago.

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Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

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The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

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