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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 ...

From the Mayor's Desk

ELIZABETH, NJ - President Trump is symbolic of the 1840s and 1850s Know Nothing Party, which discriminated against Catholics and immigrants. Fearing competition and others, who did not share their beliefs, they discounted thoughts expressed by those, who disagreed and questioned. Claiming to know nothing when asked about the composition and actions of their party, they surrounded themselves and believed only individuals, who mirrored their ideals. When open discussions, counter arguments and viewing situations from both sides ...

Health News You Can Use

Using data from national Poison Control Centers, researchers analyzed the more than 67,000 reports of medication errors occurring outside of a health care facility between 2000 - 2012 and found the rate of serious medical consequences doubled during this period. The greatest number of errors involved cardiovascular medications and the greatest number of deaths were from pain medication errors. The study was published last week in the journal Clinical Toxicology. Full journal article: ...

Know Your Nest

According to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, 84% of Americans now believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision -- the highest percentage since 2007 – before the housing crisis!  Those surveyed pointed out five major reasons why they believe home ownership makes a good financial decision: Homeownership means the money you spend on housing goes towards building equity, rather than to a landlord Homeownership creates the opportunity to pay ...

Liz on Theatre

UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages, in its quest for new, richly layered plays, is now presenting “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morrisseau. The playwright had her play “Follow Me to Nellie’s” work shopped at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut several years ago. That was followed by s fine production at the Kean University theatre. “Skeleton Crew” deals with the pared down work force at a factory which may be closing soon in the Detroit area. The plot follows four characters: ...

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