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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 ...

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

A 30 year study published in the British Medical Journal this week found an association between alcohol consumption, brain shrinkage in the area responsible for cognitive skills, and diminished “language fluency” ( a measure of memory and thinking skills). Regular, moderate drinkers (4-7 drinks a week) were 3 times more likely to have more brain shrinkage and less language fluency, (i.e. memory and thinking  skills), as compared to non-drinkers. Further, the greater amount of alcohol consumed, the faster the mental ...

Know Your Nest

On your search to buy your New Jersey home this summer, you’re bound to run into a few summer-specific home issues, such as sticky doors and mosquito swarms. Don’t let these small problems sway your home-buying decision---easy fixes exist for most with just a little post-home-purchase effort.  Read on for 9 common issues and the simple ways to solve them: #1 Mosquito Masses: These ubiquitous party crashers suck the fun out of any New Jersey home outdoor event. What to do: Clean the gutters. “That’s ...

Liz on Theatre

MILLBURN, NJ – It’s lively, it’s heart-warming and it’s a superb ending to the Paper Mill Playhouse season.   “Mary Poppins” should entice audiences to come back for more spectacular theatre in the fall.   Elena Shaddow is the strict yet magical nanny who descends on the Banks family with an umbrella and a carpet bag full of wonders and surprises. Shaddow perfectly captures the staunch no-nonsense attitude as the nanny while gradually enveloping the children in a spirit of fun and ...

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