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Beth's Book Review

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan (St. Martin's Press, 2017) Several months ago I reviewed the magnificent compendium Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda. This charming edition is a must for anyone who is planning to see the Hamilton in order to become familiarized with the libretto and prepare him/herself for an extra-ordinary theatrical experience. The same advice can be made of the positively gorgeous Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan, ...

Business Savvy: The East Brunswick Chamber of Commerce

NEW JERSEY - Ashley HomeStore of Central New Jersey and Staten Island joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement in partnership with their local Habitat for Humanity organizations. They are offering an in-store promotion for a $20 donation, offering a $100 gift card off your purchase, valid for one year. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is ...

Community-Supported Agriculture - How to Use Those Veggies!

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The autumn CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) baskets have arrived.  Tough food for colder months, full and alive with Vitamin A.  I get my "1/2 share" - enough for about 4 people from Giamarese Farm on Wednesday afternoons. This week, I really did not know what to expect, but I new that the blueberries and strawberries of balmier days would not be in my basket. Here's the inventory: an enormous cabbage.  Actually, it was a bit of a Little Shop of Horrors/Day of the Trifids sort of ...

Dad in the Box

The other day I was talking to our cat . . .   Hmmm.  It says here that dogs are smarter than cats. What are you reading, Mad Magazine? No seriously, this article in the Times claims that a scientific study conducted at Vanderbilt University recently discovered that dogs have twice as many neurons as cats in the analytic part of their brains. Yeah, but they only use a quarter of them!  For god’s sake, they chase Frisbees and chew shoes!  How smart can they be? Well, according to the biological scientist ...

East Brunswick Guest Columnist

Autism is becoming more prevalent in our communities. The Centers for Disease Control report that as of 2016, autism is diagnosed in one of every 68 births in the United States. When a neighbor, a family friend or a new addition to your own family is diagnosed with autism, it’s crucial that we understand how to relate to them and give them our support. This April, I ask you to support people with autism by observing Autism Awareness Month. National Autism Awareness Month is not only aimed at bringing awareness of the thousands of ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) hosts a special late night Hour of Code program for teens on Saturday, December 16, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.   The Hour of Code program celebrates its fourth anniversary. The program is a partnership between the library and the East Brunswick High School Code club.   Teens will have the opportunity to learn about coding in several different languages, including HTML, JAVA and CTF. There will also be robotics demonstrations. TOOOL ...

East Brunswick: The History of...

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - As have many of the older buildings in our township, the recently-demolished McGinnis School has fascinated residents. For a long time, this building stood dormant, piquing the curiosity of passersby, as well as Warnsdorfer students in the building next door. I, myself, was among those young minds who was interested in this old structure that stood adjacent to my elementary school. We all made up our own little fantasies that the place was either haunted or had stood abandoned since the depression. In this article, I will ...

Family Fun

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 photos with the kids are just too amazing to miss. But go early. Most farms are pretty empty the first few weekends in October, but not so much as ...

Health News You Can Use

A study published in the journal Cancer Research this past week looked at the oral health of over 120,000 people in the U.S. for 10 years and found a 21% increase in the risk of esophageal cancer when people had gum disease caused by certain kinds of bacteria.    National Library of Medicine – HealthDay summary: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_170118.html Journal article abstract: http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/77/23/6777 Use this news Gum disease does more than affect the mouth. It’s been ...

Jersey Girl on Fire

Forty years since "Born to Run," and I still haven't run and fulfilled my destiny. Like Bruce Springsteen, I remain pretty close to where I grew up, in a nicer house, maybe, and in a more tree-lined neighborhood, but within an hour's ride of the place that I still name when people ask, "Hey, where are you from?" In 1975, I was 17 and a student at Montclair State when it was a college and had not yet put on its long pants and become a university. "Tramps like us" were supposed to have walked with a ...

Liz on Theatre

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ shows surprising appeal as radio/stage production By Liz Keill MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has selected a nostalgic and heartwarming version of the classic Frank Capra movie from the 1140’s to entertain holiday audiences. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has somehow become a classic Christmas entertainment, with its story of redemption and small-town life. Directed by Doug West, the pitch-perfect cast does a bang-up job of impersonating some of our ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

(HIGHLAND PARK) – Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. today visited Highland Park Middle School officials to highlight a state program to support students who struggle to overcome print-related disabilities, such as dyslexia and visual impairments.  As a direct result of Senator Diegnan’ s work to create this innovative collaboration between the state education department, local school districts, and Learning Ally more than almost 9,000 New Jersey students have gained access to the tools they need to succeed in school. These ...

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