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

April 20, 2018

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 ...

Immaculate Conception School Diving Under The Sea

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - If weekend plans are up in the air, the Immaculate Conception School Theater Group will be heading under the sea with a two-night performance of "Little Mermaid Jr." The Disney musical features fourth through eighth grade students at the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school.

The ICS Theater Group have been working hard for months to learn their lines and songs ...

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

April 20, 2018

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.

Immaculate Conception School Diving Under The Sea

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - If weekend plans are up in the air, the Immaculate Conception School Theater Group will be heading under the sea with a two-night performance of "Little Mermaid Jr." The Disney musical features fourth through eighth grade students at the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school.

The ICS Theater Group have been working hard for months to learn their lines and songs ...

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.

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 ...

Spring Blood Drive On Tap At Spotswood VFW

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - A spring blood drive is set for Monday, May 7 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Spotswood VFW Post 4589. All donors in the upcoming blood drive will receive a 15 percent coupon to MJ's Pizza, Bar & Grill on Summerhill Road in the borough. The coupon is valid from Sunday through Wednesday.

Donors should be between the ages of 17 and 75 and be in good physical health. A ...

Spring Blood Drive On Tap At Spotswood VFW

April 9, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - A spring blood drive is set for Monday, May 7 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Spotswood VFW Post 4589. All donors in the upcoming blood drive will receive a 15 percent coupon to MJ's Pizza, Bar & Grill on Summerhill Road in the borough. The coupon is valid from Sunday through Wednesday.

Donors should be between the ages of 17 and 75 and be in good physical health. A ...

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, ...

Plant Lilies for a Summer Garden of Elegant and Fragrant Blooms

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Lilies add long-lasting color and fragrance to flower gardens and summer bouquets. These stately flowers provide vertical interest and blend nicely with other perennials. And best of all, with very little care, you’ll be enjoying them for years to come.

Plant different types of lilies to extend your enjoyment from early summer into fall. The colorful and often ...

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 Varsity Softball Loses Pair

April 22, 2018

CARTERET, NJ - The Spotswood High School varsity softball team dropped a pair of games on Saturday at the Civic Center Park Sports Center. Spotswood lost to Edison High School 19-11 before being shutout 10-0 by Bishop Ahr High School.

A nine-run third and a seven-run fourth put the game against Edison out of reach for the Chargers. Jessica Hoover went the distance for Edison, giving up 11 runs ...

Spotswood Varsity Baseball Splits Doubleheader

CARTERET, NJ - It was a beautiful Saturday for baseball and the Spotswood High School varsity baseball team played two games, coming away with a win and a loss yesterday. The Chargers defeated Carteret High School, 7-0, and lost to Jersey City's William Dickinson High School, 9-7. The split gives Spotswood a 7-3 overall record on the season and a 5-0 division record.

Dylan Seel pitched a ...

Spotswood Boys Tennis Defeats South Amboy

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys varsity tennis team completed the season sweep over South Amboy High School on Friday. Playing with a revamped lineup due to two players attending the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, the Chargers defeated South Amboy, 4-1.

Derek Miller won his first singles match over Daniel 'Pocho' Pena, (6-2, 6-0). Miller is ...

Steeplechasing: Lyonell Wins Temple Gwathmey Handicap

April 23, 2018

MIDDLEBURG, Va. — Lyonell, racing in the colors of Robert A. Kinsley of Seven Valleys, Pa., took the lead over the last national fence and went on to win Saturday’s $75,000, Grade 2 Temple Gwathmey Handicap, the feature race of the 98th annual Middleburg Spring Races.

With leading 'chasing rider Jack Doyle of Monkton, Md. in the saddle for trainer Elizabeth Voss, the ...

Collegiate Equestrian: Auburn Wins National Championship

WACO, Texas — The Auburn University equestrian team capped its season by winning the 2018 NCEA team title, followed by wins in the Equitation over Fences and Horsemanship events competitions. Success there helped the Tigers earn the Western and Hunt Seat discipline titles as well. There were seven championships available on April 21 — Auburn went home with five.

Auburn defeated top ...

Heavenly Prize Elected To National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Eclipse Award winner Heavenly Prize has been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.

She will be inducted at ceremonies onFriday, Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. The public is invited and admission is free.

The Phipps Family color-bearer was the only contemporary selection from among 10 finalists chosen by the Hall ...

First Horses Arrive For 2018 Monmouth Park Meet

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Kellyn Gorder's Draxhall Woods, who has been wintering at Fair Grounds, was the first horse to arrive at Monmouth Park when the back stretch opened in preparation for the 2018 season.

Veteran trainer Greg Sacco was on the halter when the gelding arrived to race for the 62nd time in his career when the Monmouth racing season opens on May 5.

Fifty-two racing ...

G.A.I.T. Volunteer, Dawn Benko Named 'EQUUS Champion'

MILFORD, Pa. — Dawn Benko a volunteer at G.A.I.T. Inc. was honored by as part of the EQUUS Foundation's Champions program which aims to inspire and reward equine service.

"The horse's innate ability to touch and heal the human soul, as well as the human body, is unparalleled by any other animal," said Dawn Benko, EQUUS Foundation Champion. "The more I am ...

Local College Equestrians Head To Harrisburg For IHSA Nationals, May 3-6

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania national Horse Show (PNHS) will welcome the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championships to Harrisburg and the Farm Show Complex, May 3 to 6.

The IHSA is comprised of over 400 colleges and universities and 10,000 members across the U.S. and Canada.Teams are traveling to nationals from schools in New Jersey, New York and ...

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East Brunswick: Elections are Coming Up, Are You Registered as a Voter? Candidate?

April 22, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – With election season set to begin next month,  there are a number of deadlines East Brunswick voters should be aware of.

Middlesex County, State and National Primary Election:

April 21 – Mail-In ballots mailed for Primary Elections

May 15 – Voter registration deadline for Primary Elections

May 29 – Deadline to apply for Mail-In ballot ...

Somerville: Blue Mass Celebration at Immaculate Conception School Honors Police

April 22, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Immaculate Conception School hosted a “Blue Mass” Friday morning at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church to honor the men and women of law enforcement.

The mass was attended by all students and staff in the K-8th grade school, with more than 100 members of law enforcement, including Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The annual mass was also ...

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Equine Rescues Can ID Their Horses Through Operation Chip

April 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) will be expanding its Operation Chip program to equine rescues wishing to chip horses in their care.

“We have seen a wonderful response to the Operation Chip program with equine organizations hosting Operation Gelding clinics and applying for microchips to be placed into the stallions getting gelded,” said UHC Director ...

Travels Jersey Shore Seal Sighting on Spring Lake Beach

April 23, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — Another seal came ashore — this time at the jetty on the south end of Spring Lake's beach.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski was walking the beachfront when she spotted this seal at about 3 p.m. on April 18 and took these real-time animated photos. It’s not known whether it returned to the ocean.

On April 12, a harp seal made its way onto Belmar's Fifth ...

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 Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

'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 ...