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Beth's Book Review

The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb (Atria Books, 2017)   Sharyn McCrumb is, quite simply, an American gem, and one of my favorite authors. From her books set in Appalachia with strange characters who remind us of our pioneer past, to St. Dale, a masterpiece about the legendary car racer, Dale Earnhardt in McCrumb's NASCAR series, McCrumb's poetic language and attention to detail draw the reader in to enthralling stories. Such is the case with her newest novel, The Unquiet Grave set in two eras, the late 1890s when the Civil ...

Dad in the Box

In 2013 a man in the UK cleaned out his junk drawer and absently tossed an old hard drive dismantled from a Dell Computer into the trash.  The hard drive, rusting in landfill somewhere in Wales, contains 7500 bitcoins.     At the time, his staggering loss was about $4 million.  But if he had wisely invested his failing hard drive in a bank safe deposit box his discarded hunk of technology would be worth over $75 million today.    Maybe he was just trying to cut his losses.  Or maybe he was ...

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 ...

For All the Dollars

What's the best part of a western? The final showdown! And this spaghetti western makes it a grand spectacle.     The Big Gundown is only one of three spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Sollima. Whereas most Italian directors stayed in the subgenre until it became outdated, Sollima seemed satisfied with only two more: Face to Face and Run, Man, Run. Often, critics have interpreted these three films as allegories to living under the fascist government of Mussolini during World War II, a commentary on U.S. policy in ...

Nutley Parks and Recreation Department

Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci invites youngsters to gear up for spring with the Recreation Track and Field Program.  This program is open to Nutley youngsters in grades 4 through 8. “Running sports provide children with the motivation to become stronger athletes by increasing their metabolism and keeping them physically fit” states Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci.   Promoting fitness at every age level will contribute to developing a healthy lifestyle.  The fee for this program is $60.00 per child.  The ...

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The Hyperlocal Consultant

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If Mark Zuckerberg is truly worried about his legacy and that of Facebook, casting legitimate news publishers and businesses into the abyss will only further tarnish ...

The Mommy's Review

Corre, no camines (that’s “run, don’t walk!”) to see Coco, the newest animated feature film from Pixar Animation Studios/Disney. This beautiful movie is something that families will cherish seeing together. Like Moana last year, I took my family (ages 7 to 70+) to see Coco over Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone was delighted by the splendor of this wonderful cinematic experience. Coco tells the story of a young boy named Miguel who yearns to be a musician, although he comes from a long line of shoemakers who not ...

Tune Into Tola

When Sunday’s season finale of Game of Thrones commenced with a haunting mash-up of the iconic Lannister and Targaryen theme songs, fans knew they would be hanging off the edge of their seats in agony for a record-breaking 79 minutes and 43 seconds. A potential “Red Wedding” scenario was thankfully avoided when the first 40 minutes placed more than a dozen principle characters in one location and not a single one lost a head. But the sigh of relief was short-lived as we realized the episode was only halfway through. The ...

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