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Beth's Book Review

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca (St. Martin's Press, 2016) At the turn of the 20th century, the thrilling, fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, had captured the imaginations of both British and American readers. In those days, when sleuthing as a career was a relatively new venture, the idea of a woman detective was preposterous. Grace Humiston, who is not generally recognized as an everyday hero in American jurisprudence, made the color black the new black during her long and prestigious career ...

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 the House You Call Home

INVENTORY…INVENTORY…INVENTORY!!!  Where is it??  The 2016 recap of sales statistics for our local communities indicated inventories were at close to historical lows for many towns.  Well, here is what has happened in the past month and where we stand today.  The weather has been mild thus far which is prompting a steady and growing “Spring Market” …interest rates are still low but may have seen their lowest valley and will be rising…and based on recent activity at local Open ...

Health News You Can Use

Research conducted at Purdue University and published in the Journal of Economic Entomology found that bed bugs are developing resistance to two insecticides commonly used today by pest control companies. Using bed bug samples from 10 states including New Jersey, they found that 25% of the bugs were still alive seven days after exposure to the chemicals.  This is in addition to the significant resistance bed bugs have to previously used chemicals.     Use this news While bed bugs don’t cause or carry disease ...

Homefirst Happenings

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services, a nonprofit organization that has served the community of Plainfield and Union County since 1986, held its first annual Back To School Night on Thursday, Aug. 20, at its Family Success Center in Plainfield (950 Watchung Ave). Families who signed up to participate in the Back To School Night event were greeted by staff and were served pizza and ice cream. Children received backpacks that were stuffed with school supplies that included binders, calculators, crayons, colored ...

Jenn's Journey North

Only recently did I start this column, so let me take a quick moment to catch you up if you are new here.  I am writing this column to document my walking journey from New Jersey to Maine in 2018 along the East Coast Greenway, which runs 3,000 miles from Calais, ME, near the Canadian border, all the way to Key West in Florida. My walk will average around 450 miles. I will travel on foot along the East Coast Greenway, and raise funds to support both the East Coast Greenway Alliance and a walking group called Freewalkers in memory of ...

Liz on Theatre

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ strums and thrums with nostalgia, manic beat By Liz Keill MILLBURN, NJ – There really was a meeting of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins on Dec. 4, 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis.   Record producer Sam Phillips took a picture to prove it. That is the premise of the rock and roll musical, now at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. The cast is super, especially Nat Zegree as Lewis and Scott Moreau as Cash. Zegree is all over the small upright piano as he ...

Local Legends and Legacies

One hundred years ago on April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered World War One, the Great War, also known as "the War to end all wars.” The war’s impact on the City of Plainfield and surrounding area was huge. Plainfield was a recruiting center, and many young men from the area joined the fight. The mode of transportation to duty assignments was by the railroad, and for some the last look of their home town was from the main Plainfield railroad station. The World War One Honor Roll bronze tablet located in the ...

News from Tri County Chamber of Commerce

SOMERSET, NJ - May 3, 2016 - The Tri-County Chamber of Commerce met at the Stage House Tavern, located at 1719 Amwell Road in Somerset, NJ, this past Tuesday.  The TCCOC organizes luncheons every month as an opportunity for members and those considering membership to network.  “The luncheons and events are a great way to promote local businesses, giving them more exposure to many local business owners throughout the area,” said President of the TCCOC and Assistant Vice President of Investor’s Bank in South ...

The Mommy's Review

I was recently doing some work for the Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour, and I had to travel to cover the Portland, OR date. It was my first-ever time in the Rose City, so I tried to maximize my hours to see as much of the city as I possibly could. My work brought me out to the Portland ‘burbs, where I spent the day at the Washington Square Mall (9585 SW Washington Square Road), a really nice shopping complex where one of my local Summit friends used to hang out as a teen. (PS: Hi, Kim!) When I was done, I took an Uber into ...

Views of Holy Trinity

Are you looking to make a wise investment? Who isn’t? We all want to make wise investments. Investing in your children is one of the most important things you can do. Many families at this time of year are either looking to enroll their children in school for the first time, thinking through a transition to middle school, high school, or college, or simply just wanting something different – something better -- for their children. So why not consider making a wise investment in a Catholic ...

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