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Althea on Gardening

The summer gardening season is in full swing and gardeners have been harvesting their bounty - lettuces, tomatoes, zucchinis, peppers and herbs. Insect activity is also gearing up in the garden.   As the growing degree days increase, so does the damaging effects of pests in the garden. Here are a few ways to protect one of the most popular herb in the garden - BASIL.  It's loved by children and adults alike, and unfortunately, also by a few garden pests. Basil is a tender annual herb, in the mint family, that is easy to ...

Beth's Book Review

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine, 2013) Jodi Picoult is the Law and Order author of our times. She uses stories “ripped from the headlines” as seeds for her plotlines and, thus, presents readers with a framework in which to discuss important societal issues, such as school shootings, teen suicides, and organ transplants. Picoult’s writing is compelling, and many of her passages are written artfully. I know that when I pick up a Picoult to read that I am in for a satisfying experience. Leaving Time, published in ...

Dad in the Box

I want a tattoo.  I am old enough to hang reading glasses around my neck and I want a tattoo.    The question I keep asking myself is, why?  After a lifetime ignoring my skin, why now would I want to turn some weatherworn patch of scratches and scars it into an album cover?  This is not an easy thing to answer.  It delves deep within the psyche and brings up issues of expression, self perception, values, and even, the meaning of life.     Thankfully, I am a lot more superficial than ...

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Holy Savior Academy News

Holy Savior Academy will be hosting its 2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo on Saturday 10/13.   There will be 10 Bingo Games, small basket raffle and a 50/50.  For each bingo game, you will be given 3 chances to win!  “Last year was a tremendous success and we are looking forward to building on that momentum, “ says Cindy Trunell, co-chair of the event. “Our bags are from top designers such as Marc Jacobs, Coach, and Michael Kors and have retail values ranging from $198 to $450”, according to ...

Know Your Nest

Recently, multiple headlines have asserted that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade. Team Nest Builder knows that although the headlines are accurate, they lack context and lead too many Americans to believe that they can’t partake in a major part of the American Dream – owning a home. In 2008, the housing market crashed and home values fell by as much as 60% in certain markets. This was the major trigger to the Great Recession we experienced from 2008 to 2010. To come back from that ...

Liz on Theatre

‘Charley’s Aunt’ charms with comedic flair at Shakespeare Theatre By LIZ KEILL MADISON, NJ – Who knew that “Charley’s Aunt” would be such a riotous, ridiculous success?  This 1892 play written by Brandon Thomas has all the elements of farce, disguise, intrigue and absurdity to make it a hit, even today. Joseph Discher has directed a sterling cast in this fast-paced, handsome production. Set, of course, in Victorian times, presumably at St. Olde’s College, Oxford, the plot centers on ...

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The Mommy's Review

I love Halloween! It’s one of my favorite holidays, especially since there is so much to do, and it’s so much fun for the kids. I also love that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Sure, you could go to the store and buy brand-new costumes and decorate your house like crazy, but it’s also a holiday you can do on a budget. Secondhand costumes purchased from Facebook swap groups? Check. Dollar store decorations? You betcha. Hitting up the free local trick-or-treating events? You can bet all of your Fun Size M&Ms ...

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