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On the Other Side of the Border

November 10, 2019

The children kept hugging us. They just wanted hugs. They wanted to be seen, to be loved, to feel safe. It’s odd — we teach our children to not talk to strangers, and yet when we entered the Shelter de Leona Vicario they ran to us, grabbed our hands, and wanted to play. My Spanish is limited and their English was non-existent, but they kept telling us their names and ...

Passaic County Relaunches Teen Arts Festival, Preliminary Submissions Due Dec 15

November 13, 2019

PATERSON, NJ – The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders that Teen Arts Festival will be held at William Paterson University on Wednesday, June 3.The all day programming and celebration of art will be presented in a coordinated effort by William Paterson University, the Passaic County Cultural Heritage Council and the Passaic County Education Association.

According to a ...

Paterson's CUMAC Awarded $110,000 Grant to Grow 'Beyond Hunger' Initiative

November 13, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson's CUMAC has been awarded a $110,000 grant from Impact 100 Garden State. The announcement came at the philanthropic organization's annual awards meeting Wednesday.

Also awarded similar sized grants were the County College of Morris Foundation and the Union County Economic Development Corporation. Passaic County Community College Foundation and The ...

Coyote Bites Man Near Rutgers Campus

November 16, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University Police are investigating a report of an aggressive coyote that bit a man along the Rutgers Preserve on Livingston Campus in Piscataway early Thursday morning,

Rutgers police have also closed the preserve to the public as they investigate the incident with the help of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the police said.

The ...

Nutley Community School School Subject of State Investigation After Missing Toddler Incident

NUTLEY, NJ - The Community School in Nutley is the subject of a State of New Jersey investigation after a toddler went missing from their operation in St. Paul's Congregational Church in Nutley. 

The toddler, who went missing on Monday, off sometime after being dropped off by his father, was reunited with his parents, unharmed after being found on Franklin Ave. in the vicinity of ...

'A Doll's House Part 2' Makes Timeless Claims at Summit Playhouse

SUMMIT, NJ – You wouldn’t think a follow-up to Henrik Ibsen’s play about Nora Helmer in 19th century Norway would be especially relevant today.

But the smart, funny sequel by Lucas Hnath has much to say about marriage, the cost of independence, abandoning one’s family and other issues that ring true. When Nora insists that marriage won’t exist in 20 or 30 years, ...

'Romeo and Juliet' Stay Eternally Young at Shakespeare Theatre

No matter how often, or how rarely, you may have seen Shakespeare’s love letter to “Romeo and Juliet,” it still returns with blazing life, in the romantic balcony scene, in the hard lessons we learn about Capulets and Montagues and in the eternal flame of lives snuffed out too soon.

The production at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison has held audiences ...

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

America’s First Daughter  by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (William Morrow, 2016)

 

Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, was a complicated man. The narrative of America’s First Daughter, told in the voice of Jefferson’s adoring daughter, Patsy, gives us Jefferson, the hero. However, as Patsy matures, she can’t deny that her ...

Two Minus One Equals Zero?

This past August marked the seventh anniversary of my divorce. Growing up, just like most people, when I envisioned marriage, I saw the “they lived happily ever after” ending. Divorce was not in my frame of reference. My parents were married 56 years at the time of my father’s passing, and my grandparents made it to 72 years. They were my role models of what was to be – ...

Three Steps to Building Self Confidence

How we feel about ourselves dictates the way we live life. It impacts the way we approach just about every thing we do. Yet, sadly, many people struggle to believe in their worth and abilities.

Throughout my life, my levels of self-confidence have ebbed and flowed. Growing up I was an overweight adolescent, which had a significant affect on how I viewed myself. When you’re young, ...

Let's Help Rep. Sherrill Get Gateway Completed

October 12, 2019

To the Editor,

Fall is on the way, which means the leaves will soon be changing.

But there’s something that never seems to change: overcrowding, delays, and disruptions on New Jersey Transit.

As an Essex County resident who commutes into Manhattan every day, I know the travail of the trains all too well – as do all of my neighbors. Overcrowding at Penn, “train ...

Sherrill Raises $590,000 in Q2; Brings Cash on Hand to $1.1 Million

To the Editor,

Fall is on the way, which means the leaves will soon be changing.

But there’s something that never seems to change: overcrowding, delays, and disruptions on New Jersey Transit.

As an Essex County resident who commutes into Manhattan every day, I know the travail of the trains all too well – as do all of my neighbors. Overcrowding at Penn, “train ...

In this Season of Giving, NJ Human Services is Fighting Hunger by Connecting People to New Jersey's Food Assistance Program

November 17, 2019

TRENTON NJ -  As Thanksgiving approaches and thoughts turn to food, friends and family, New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced a special focus on combating hunger in New Jersey by connecting families to the State’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or NJ SNAP, which can help working families and individuals with lower incomes afford ...

Totowa Public Library To Host United States Census Job Fair

The Totowa Public Library, located at 537 Totowa Rd., is hosting a United States Census Job Fair series starting November 19.The job fairs will be held on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday afternoons from 1o 4 p.m; Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.to 2 pm.; and Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (not including ...