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Beth's Book Review

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard with Lauren Zigman (Penguin Books, 2017)   Cake or death? If you are a fan of the British comic/actor Eddie Izzard, you probably own a teeshirt with a blue cupcake on it with one of Izzard's signature lines from his fabulous standup routines. To see Eddie Izzard in concert is an experience in hilarity that one shouldn't miss. Recently Izzard appeared at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, which was a rare opportunity to see him up close and ...

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 ...

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— Looking to erase points on your driving record? Want to save money on your car insurance? The Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library are hosting a two-part defensive driving class on October 16 and 17. Held at the East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) meeting room, the classes run from 6:30 to 10 pm. This classes are presented by the Defensive Driving Institute of New Jersey. Led by police driving instructors, the classes give a unique insight into the defensive driving ...

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

In a review of over 600,000 people with cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institute found that 13 cancers representing 40% of all cancers, were associated with obesity. The 13 cancers include: cancer of the brain, esophagus, thyroid, gallbladder, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, ovaries, uterus, colon, postmenopausal breast cancer and multiple myeloma (cancer of bone marrow cells). Full report: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6639e1.htm?s_cid=mm6639e1_w National Institute of Health -Medline ...

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

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey pays tribute to ‘Shakespeare in Love’ By Liz Keill MADISON, NJ – Many audiences loved the film version of “Shakespeare in Love,” which won the best picture Academy Award in 1999, with dialogue by Marc Noonan and Tom Stoppard. Adapted by Lee Hall for the stage, much of the dialogue remains. The production has a warmth and intimacy that gives the story an intensely appealing dimension. Artistic Director Bonnie Monte has directed a first-rate cast, with Jon Barker as Will ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Legislation Senator Patrick Diegnan sponsored to help residents secure their digital assets under the same fiduciary that protects their tangible assets was signed into law by Governor Christie today.   “Extending a fiduciary’s powers to account for email, social media accounts, online banking accounts, and bitcoins safeguards those digital assets for family and loved ones in the future,” said Senator Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “It is a forward thinking and comprehensive policy for the ...

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