Arts & Entertainment

May 8, 2021

Have you always wondered how Mother's Day got started?  It seems as though Mother's Day should have been the first-ever holiday, no? Watch this short video and get the real story.  Happy Mom's Day!

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  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — After weeks of virtual rehearsals, followed by more in-person rehearsals, the curtain rose last weekend on The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The New Providence High School Spring Musical opened last weekend and there will be three more performances of the ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Saturday was a very busy day for local author Cindy Gelormini — from 11 to 2 p.m. she signed copies of her three “Robbie’s World” books at Linda’s Creative Gifts, then took a break before heading to Paolo’s Kitchen to sign books from 3 to 6 p.m. Earlier in the month she was ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!" Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life.  Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tri-M Music Honor Society at Governor Livingston High School has not let the challenges of performing during the pandemic stop them from delivering their annual music grams.  In recent years, the band and choir collaborated on serenading the student body during the ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Get a sneak peek of the Berkeley Heights Public Library's new space at 29 Park Avenue. "While finishing touches are still being completed, we wanted to share a preview of the new BHPL," said the Berkeley Heights Public Library Board. The photos show sections of the ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Local author and artist Cindy Gelormini was featured on NBC's Today show on Friday, April 2 to discuss her children's book trilogy released in time to kick off Autism Awareness Month. One in 54 children in the US is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, said Hoda Kotb, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Last Call, a film starring Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold in HBO's hit show, Entourage) about a real estate developer who returns to his roots after inheriting his family’s Irish bar in South Philadelphia and tries to turn it into a casino, opens Friday, March 19, 2021. Piven plays ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Not all stories about the pandemic are sad — some are inspiring. The story of Nadja Springer, who published her first book in December 2020, is one of those. She said she found inspiration for her children’s book, “The Big Adventures Of A Little Tree: Tree Finds Friendship” ...

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Fancy Farthington is a "social climbing phony." Princess Cordelia is "English royalty, old money." Mrs. Diedre Billingsworth is a "good-hearted former lady's companion who inherited her fortune from the older woman she took care of." And, Prince Carlos is a "handsome Spanish prince" who "is ...

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CRANFORD - Mr. Peanut and his NUTmobile will be making a special stop in Cranford during his east to-west-nut-crackin’ fest. According to the release, Mr. Peanut will be visiting Elinphant at 2 South Avenue E in Cranford on Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. to “shell-ebrate” their employees for their hard ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When Bob Zuckerman was appointed to lead Downtown Westfield Corporation last year, he said he wanted to make the downtown “sparkle and shine.” And shining it is, at least in the North Avenue parking lot of the Westfield train station, where 15 lighted seesaws have been set up as ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Are you interested in learning more about shopping secondhand on sites such as eBay, Poshmark, and Depop? Check out the following tips to make your shopping much easier. On second hand sites that sell anything you can imagine, it is often overwhelming to know where to ...

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Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history. There are many legends about who St. Valentine ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -  Theodora Chrysanthopoulos,  2019 Gov. Livingston High School graduate from Mountainside, recently won a contest for her artwork celebrating the Year of the Ox for the Lunar New Year. The backdrop is currently displayed at The Mills at Jersey Gardens mall in Elizabeth, NJ ...

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Can you feel it? Can you hear it? Love is in the air as friends get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day and the Music and Lyrics class at Governor Livingston High School is getting in on the fun as they prepare for the annual "Tournament of Love" as part of the Winter curriculum. Music and Lyrics ...

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SPARTA, NJ – History is being made in Sparta as seven girls earn the rank of Eagle Scout in Scout Troop 1150.  The girls are among the first in Scouts BSA who are eligible for the rank.  Scouts BSA opened their program to girls in 2018 and set Feb 2021 as the first date they are eligible to become ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - As another year passes, Edward Verlangieri continues to be the oldest Mountainside resident at the age of 107. To celebrate this monumental occasion, on January 31, the masked community assembled on his front lawn to recognize his birthday. Despite the cold weather, the ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Mountainside resident and 2016 Gov. Livingston High School graduate Brian McCarthy released his debut album titled Patchwork Blues earlier this month under the artist name brian jo. Written and produced almost exclusively by McCarthy, this work blends together multiple genres and ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - Say it isn't snow Mel! Milltown Mel announced via a social media post he would be doing what the rest of New Jersey residents have been doing for the past 10 plus months; quarantining. Yes, that means there will not be the usual Groundhog Day celebration in Milltown on Tuesday, ...

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MORRITOWN, NJ - Grey's Anatomy alumni Patrick Dempsey is headed to Morristown this upcoming week beginning January 25th.   Eye Productions Inc. of Brooklyn will be filming a pilot episode for a new CBS series called "Ways & Means" of which Dempsey has a starring role.  Dempsey is also an ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A temporary art installation headed to Westfield earned high praise as it was discussed at a meeting of Downtown Westfield Corporation Wednesday. The installation set for the Westfield Train Station parking lot will have about 15 illuminated seesaws placed in the downtown during ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Sherrel Campbell, a fifteen-year resident of New Providence [originally from the island of Jamaica], founded The Murphy Bear LLC, a company that specializes in children's books and merchandise.  With the pandemic, Campbell believes that children relate more to characters and ...

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Holiday cheer multiplies through acts of kindness by community members.  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The residents at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights were treated to a live performance by traveling carolers from Performing Arts 5678 on a frigid Saturday afternoon. Typically, Autumn Lake ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - After nine long months, the pandemic continues to take hold of our communities. People are staying home to stop the spread and are missing holiday celebrations and gatherings. So how can you spread holiday cheer when people are alone and isolated? Two creative and talented ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — While many of us are confined during the pandemic with the company of our favorite movies, binge worthy television shows and Spotify playlists — two local sisters saw quarantining as an opportunity to exercise their creative muscles and spread a message of hope through ...

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Get in the holiday spirit Fri, Dec 18 @ 6pm with the Holiday Cabaret for the Arts! @WhartonMusic and @ArtCenterNJ join forces for a festive evening of music + art. Also learn how you can shop local in Berkeley Heights. Watch the free livestream:  https://bit.ly/2VX1LBx  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - ...

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Mountainside, NJ — COVID-19 can disrupt — but not extinguish the Christmas and Holiday spirit in the borough. Mountainside held its annual tree lighting ceremony virtually for residents this past Saturday, Dec. 5. Mayor Paul Mirabelli, Councilwomen Deanna Andre, Rachel Pater and Donna ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A steady flow of socially distanced shoppers came through Linda's Creative Gifts on Saturday and had the opportunity to meet Susan Poage and Dr. Dina Rosen, the co-authors of "Protecting You... Protecting Me." The book is a collaboration between a first grade teacher, a ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Friends welcome popular New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) conductor Warren Cohen for a (virtual) piano-side chat on the history of holiday music on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. From sacred carols to Rudolph’s red nose, Mr. Cohen will explore the cultural and ...

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