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Explore The Grounds For Sculpture On The Friends Of The Spotswood Public Library

April 23, 2018

HAMILTON, NJ - Spotswood Pubic Library card holders planning spring and summer excursions may want to check out the Grounds For Sculpture. This non-conventional museum mixes art with nature. Visitors explore the extensive parklands, discovering more than 270 sculptures against a background of breathtaking landscaping. There are six indoor galleries to examine as well. Many of the sculptures are ...

Appleby Drama Club Shows The Candy Man Can With "Willy Wonka Jr."

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Each Appleby Drama Club production holds a special place in the hearts of the fifth graders who participate and the annual spring play never disappoints. Charlie, Willy Wonka and a large cast of Oompa Loompas graced the stage at the Spotswood High School cafetorium on Thursday for their opening night performance. After giving in a golden ticket, audience members entered a world of ...

Schoenly School's Grandparents Day Brings Smiles All Around

April 23, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Last week's weather may not have said spring, but the Schoenly School's annual Grandparents' Day is one clue that winter is over. Each April, grandparents are invited to come to the pre-kindergarten to first grade school to share in a special activity with their grandchild or grandchildren. The event is always a huge hit and April 19 wasn't any different except ...

Appleby Drama Club Shows The Candy Man Can With "Willy Wonka Jr."

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Each Appleby Drama Club production holds a special place in the hearts of the fifth graders who participate and the annual spring play never disappoints. Charlie, Willy Wonka and a large cast of Oompa Loompas graced the stage at the Spotswood High School cafetorium on Thursday for their opening night performance. After giving in a golden ticket, audience members entered a world of ...

Spotswood PTA Holding Dine To Donate At Five Guys

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Spotswood PTA is holding a Dine-To-Donate fundraiser on Thursday, April 26 at Five Guys from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Twenty percent of the receipt will be donated to the Spotswood PTA simply by letting the server know the person is dining with the Spotswood PTA. Five Guys is located at 50 Racetrack Road.

Memorial To Hold Three Fundraisers This Week

April 17, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Chase away the chilly spring weather this week with two dine-to-donate fundraisers to benefit next month's Eighth Grade Semi-Formal. The dance is an annual spring tradition, bringing together Memorial eighth graders with Milltown's Joyce Kilmer School eighth graders. It is the first meeting between the two classes that will make up Spotswood High School's incoming ...

Spotswood PTA Holding Dine To Donate At Five Guys

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Spotswood PTA is holding a Dine-To-Donate fundraiser on Thursday, April 26 at Five Guys from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Twenty percent of the receipt will be donated to the Spotswood PTA simply by letting the server know the person is dining with the Spotswood PTA. Five Guys is located at 50 Racetrack Road.

Milltown Community Park Cleanup Is Calling All Volunteers

April 25, 2018

MILLTOWN, NJ - The borough will be holding its third New Jersey Clean Communities Event on Saturday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. until noon and is calling all civic-minded volunteers, looking to earn community service hours, extra credit or simply to lend a hand to spruce up Milltown's parks for spring and summer.

Gloves, garbage bags and recycling containers will be provided. Volunteers will ...

Milltown Community Park Cleanup Is Calling All Volunteers

April 25, 2018

MILLTOWN, NJ - The borough will be holding its third New Jersey Clean Communities Event on Saturday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. until noon and is calling all civic-minded volunteers, looking to earn community service hours, extra credit or simply to lend a hand to spruce up Milltown's parks for spring and summer.

Gloves, garbage bags and recycling containers will be provided. Volunteers will ...

Memorial To Hold Three Fundraisers This Week

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Chase away the chilly spring weather this week with two dine-to-donate fundraisers to benefit next month's Eighth Grade Semi-Formal. The dance is an annual spring tradition, bringing together Memorial eighth graders with Milltown's Joyce Kilmer School eighth graders. It is the first meeting between the two classes that will make up Spotswood High School's incoming ...

Jenalyn Engstrom Spreads Her Southern Charm And Creativity Via The Purple Peg

April 16, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ – Jenalyn Engstrom is a Jersey girl with a Southern twist. Engstrom comes to the Garden state via her native Arkansas. The world traveler moved  from Texas to New Jersey more than ten years ago when her husband Josh’s job was transferred to the area. Together, the young family settled into the borough, making it their home. It didn’t take the mom of three long ...

Hydrant Flushing On Tap In Spotswood

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spring hydrant flushing will begin in the borough on Monday, April 16 and continue through Friday, May 11. Hydrant flushing will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The following street schedule will be followed:

April 16 to April 20 - Manalapan Road area from Immaculate Conception Church to the Helmetta border and streets west of Brunswick area, ...

Two Milltown Residents Indicted In Connection With Death In Elizabeth Shooting

April 17, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Prosecutor's Office handed down four indictments on Monday to four Middlesex County residents. All four men are being charged in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred outside of an Elizabeth restaurant in January.

Tyquan Fuqua, 23, Almalik Fuqua, 27,  Allan Blackburn, 29, and Derek Fuqua, 40, were all indicted by a Union County grand jury on ...

Spotswood Softball Loses To Metuchen

April 26, 2018

METUCHEN, NJ - After two straight victories, the Spotswood High School softball team lost to Metuchen High School on Wednesday, 4-2, dropping their overall record to 5-8 and their division record to 4-4. The Bulldogs finished the first inning with a 3-1 lead before the two teams traded runs in the second, finishing the scoring for the afternoon. Maddie Chu went the distance for Spotswood, picking ...

Spotswood Golf Defeats Middlesex For Third Straight Victory

MIDDLESEX, NJ - The Spotswood High School golf team nailed down their third straight victory over Middlesex High School on Wednesday, winning 109-148. Spotswood's win improved the team's overall season record to 5-2. The Chargers are currently tied for second in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division. with Dayton High School. Metuchen High School leads the division with a 6-0 ...

Spotswood Softball Puts Together Second Straight Win Over South Amboy

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - After five straight loses, the Spotswood High School varsity softball team won their second straight game on Tuesday, defeating South Amboy High School, 11-1. Spotswood picked up their first run in the first inning and added three more in the second. However, a six-run third gave the Chargers only the team's second win in seven games. South Amboy scored the Guvs' only run ...

Application Deadline Extended for Team Competition at the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover

April 25, 2018

Retired Racehorse Project is testing an expansion to the Thoroughbred Makeover with the addition of a team competition in 2018. The Starting Gate Consulting Team Competition will allow members of Pony Clubs and collegiate, high school and show stable teams to collaborate in transitioning a horse off the track, under their coach or trainer’s guidance. It will also allow those considering ...

Mylestone Celebrates Help a Horse Day at Horsemen’s Outlet on April 28

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Mylestone Equine Rescue, based in Pohatcong Township, N.J. will hold a Help A Horse Day fundraiser on Saturday April 28, at Horsemen’s Outlet, 37 Molasses Hill Rd., Lebanon, N.J.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

This year, one donor is offering to match all donations made up to $10,000. Supporters can send donations through the mail, ...

NYRA Teams with TAA to Support Thoroughbred Aftercare

Horseplayers can make tax-deductible donations through self-service terminals

OZONE PARK, N.Y. — Horseplayers cashing winning tickets at New York Racing Association tracks can now share their good fortune with retired thoroughbreds by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance at self-service AmTote betting terminals.

Horseplayers cashing a winning ...

Ortiz, Brown and Klaravich Stable Notch Aqueduct Spring Meet Titles

OZONE PARK, N.Y.— Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. rode three winners — including Significant Form in the $100,000 Memories of Silver Stakes—to lock up the riding title as Aqueduct's Spring Meeting concluded on April 22.

Trainer Chad Brown trained Significant Form and thereby clinched the training title.

Wealth Effect, racing for Seth Klarman's Klaravich Stable's ...

TAPInto Dressage: New Board Members Join Dressage at Devon & More

DEVON, Pa. — Kathleen M. Kiesel, MJ, BSN, RN, and Anne Snipes Moss, both of Coatesvillle, Pa., were elected to the Board of Directors of Dressage at Devon (DAD), a non-profit, internationally recognized horse show.

Kathy Kiesel currently works as a Risk Management Coordinator for Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children and has been in health care for more than 30 years.

But, in ...

Former Owners Retrieve Horses From 'Kill Pen,' More need Help

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Some Standardbreds in imminent danger of shipping to slaughter were returned to their former owners, but others await help.

Since Friday, April 20, of the 21 horses weighed and tagged to ship for slaughter:

Mr. Mystic N was helped by his past owner, Eric Goodell, and trainer Joshua Green, and is being returned to Goodell.
Jeremy Sharky was helped by ...

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A Call for Artists, Artisans and Artisan Farm Market Vendors for East Brunswick’s 16th Annual Art and Music Festival

April 26, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Township of East Brunswick, Department of Recreation & Parks and the East Brunswick Arts Commission will sponsor the 16th Annual East Brunswick Art & Music Festival – an outdoor juried show of fine art and fine handmade crafts – on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The daylong event is planned to provide artists with a venue to ...

Relief for Somerville Neighborhood: New DMV Office To Open in So. Plainfield May 14

April 25, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The new Department of Motor Vehicles Office in South Plainfield is scheduled to open May 14 -  not a day too soon for residents who live in the neighborhood adjacent to the local DMV office on Roosevelt Place.

B. Sue Fulton, the newly-sworn director of the state DMV visited the Somerville facility Saturday at the  invitation of state Sen. Christopher Kip ...

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East Brunswick Ward Of Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints To Hold Community Preparedness & Awareness Event

April 26, 2018

The East Brunswick Community Preparedness & Awareness Event is free to local residents
interested in planning for major life events and becoming more self-sufficient during natural
disasters and other emergencies. The event will take place Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. until
2:00 p.m. at 303 Dunhams Corner Road in East Brunswick, sponsored by the East Brunswick
Ward of The Church of ...

Regional Travel Update - Gov. Murphy Announces Proposed NJTransit Funding Increase

April 26, 2018

Newark, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday spread a message of hope regarding future improvements to NJTransit services and infrastructure due to a proposed $242 million increase in funding for NJTransit for the 2019 fiscal year. 

At a press conference held at NJTransit’s Central Maintenance Facility on Doremus Avenue in Newark, Murphy, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other ...

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books, 2017)

 

I wanted to like Into the Water by Paula Hawkins because I had enjoyed her previous novel, The Girl on the Train, which was a suspenseful thriller. However, when I finished reading the first part of the Into the Water, I realized that I had not absorbed anything that was happening in the story. I blamed myself for not paying ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...