Taste of Newton to Include Chef Competition This Year

August 27, 2016

NEWTON, NJ – A new event has been added to this year’s Taste of Newton, a day that introduces area residents to Newton’s many restaurants.  On September 12 Spring Street will become a stage of culinary experiences.  The event will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

In addition to the fare offered by the local eating establishments, there will be music “for your ...

Newton Pool Party to Benefit the Halsted Class of 2017

NEWTON, NJ – The Newton Pool will be closing on August 28 for the season but will open on Monday, August 29 for a special event open to everyone.  The Halsted Class of 2017 is holding a pool party to “end your summer with a splash.”

From 3 until 8 p.m. the pool will open for $5 per person.  Pizza and snack will be available for purchase as well.  The pool is ...

Outdoor Concert, Movie, BBQ and More Planned for Sparta This Weekend

SPARTA, NJ - It is another busy weekend in Sparta, with several family friendly activities.

On Thursday, the Sparta Elks continue Push Cart Hot Dogs night on the boardwalk, outside the Elks Lodge. From 7 until 9 p.m. hot dogs will be available for $2 with chips or $3 for the special of the week and chips. This week's special is the Baked Bean Dog.   

On Friday evening, the VFW ...


August 27, 2016

Drama Geek Studios is holding auditions for the ADDAMS FAMILY the musical on Monday and Tuesday August 29 and 30 starting at 7 p.m.

For the audition we ask that you have 16 bars of a musical theatre song prepared. Please bring not only the sheet music for this song but also the karaoke version of this song on cd or have it easily accessible on a mobile device.

For an audition ...

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Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Grand Central Publishing, 2009)

James Patterson novels serve a purpose; they are mindless, fun thrillers that keep the reader awake all night racing through two page chapters at the speed of light. After spending a couple of weeks plowing through a lengthy tome, Patterson and co-author of the moment (in this case Maxine Paetro) provide escapism ...

The Dirty Dozen, Less One

I recently experienced something of a meltdown in the egg aisle at the supermarket over which kind of eggs to buy.  After much consideration, I finally settled on the eggs I wanted (organic, free-range, and cage-free), when I discovered another problem.

The next time I opened an egg carton at the store, there was an egg missing.

Having been the victim of covert cracked eggs in the ...

Going for Brass

I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem on the podium.  


This year I discovered that there are many other Olympic champions besides the usual cadre of spring-wound gymnastic pixies and ferociously wedged, hairless swimmers ...