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Bringing Archdiocesan Vision to Life Within Parishes

In 2019, under the direction of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, the Archdiocese launched Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead. This pastoral vision charts a positive path forward for the Archdiocese and its ministries.

One of the vision’s six pillars, “Parish Pastoral Planning,” challenges parishes to develop a strategic pastoral plan for the ...

Vision for Newark Archdiocese: Lifelong Faith Formation and Education

This past fall, under the direction of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., the Archdiocese of Newark launched Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead. This comprehensive pastoral vision charts a positive path forward for the Archdiocese and its ministries, with a focus on six key pillars.

One of these pillars, “Lifelong Faith Formation and Education,” outlines the ...

NJ Pastry Chef to Compete in Food Network’s ‘Chopped Sweets!’

February 22, 2020

This story first appeared in TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood.

Scotch Plains resident Joe Murphy, a corporate pastry chef for the legendary restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, founder of the Jean-Georges Restaurant Group, will compete on the Food Network program “Chopped Sweets!” on Monday, Feb. 24. The show, hosted by “Chopped!” judge and “Best Bakers in ...

8 Great Places to Celebrate National Margarita Day in New Jersey

Saturday, Feb. 22, is National Margarita Day. In honor of the holiday, we compiled a list of great places in New Jersey to imbibe one of the tasty tequila cocktails, whether you prefer yours on the rocks or frozen.

Salud!

Jose Tejas, Woodbridge and Fairfield. It doesn’t matter if you’re ordering fajitas or crawfish etouffee —  nothing goes better with a ...

Downtown Plainfield Alliance Rolls Out Site to Help Homeowners, Businesses Understand How To Get Permit for Repairs

Downtown Plainfield Alliance has launched a new permitting information site for Plainfielders looking to understand Plainfield’s zoning ordinance and permitting procedures. The site, PlainfieldPermits.com, features step-by-step instructions in an easy-to-use format that focuses on user-friendly guides for all home improvements that require a zoning review. The site also offers free support ...

Union County Offers Free Yoga and Wellness Class in Recognition of Women’s History Month

February 23, 2020

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is presenting a free yoga, meditation and emotional wellness program for women on Tuesday evening, March 10, at Masker’s Barn in the historic Deserted Village of Feltville, located in the Watchung Reservation in Berkeley Heights.

The March 10 event is the latest in a series of women’s yoga and wellness sessions organized through the ...

Featured Business: Towne Express Car Wash Opens in Plainfield

“Towne Express Car Wash is a community staple. We treat every customer as if they were our only customer.”

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Towne Express Car Wash is open for business in Plainfield. The new Plainfield location on the South Avenue corridor, next to the former White Castle restaurant and between Leland Avenue and Terrill Road, opened to the public a few weeks ago.

Peter ...

Home Safety Tips to Follow this Winter

EWING, NJ — This winter has featured early snows as well as record high temperatures, making it difficult to know what to expect from the season.

Make sure your home is prepared for the cold and windy months by following these quick tips:

Cold weather means you probably have the heat turned up or a woodfire in the fireplace – just make sure to check your smoke and carbon ...

'Unmasked' Takes High Energy Look at Andrew Lloyd Webber

No doubt Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most prolific composers in recent years. We’ve all heard the music of “Cats” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Evita” and a host of others. Paper Mill Playhouse honors him in this moving tribute

The show is  quite a pistache of well known, and not so well known, creations. It’s fascinating to see clips of ...

'Lost in Yonkers' Confronts Generational Angst

CHATHAM, NJ - The setting is a two-bedroom apartment in Yonkers, NY. The time is 1942. We learn that two young boys, Jay and Artie, are about to move in with their cold,domineering grandmother.

There’s a lot going on in this taut, smartly written play by Neil Simon. Braden Mellina as Jay, the older brother, and Arty (Logan Guvenel) are doing their best to accept this fearful fate. Janet ...

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

Chaos: Charles Manson the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. John 

O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring  (New York: Little Brown, 2019).

It took me three weeks to read Chaos:Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. Although fascinating, with its detailed analysis of the true motives for the Manson crimes in Los Angeles, 1969, the prose was dense and a ...

Retro Review: Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk

Retro Review:

Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk (Doubleday, 1955)

A coming of age story, set in 1933, Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk is a novel that still speaks to us. Written in 1955, Wouk’s strengths are in his character development, themes, and elegant prose. What is especially unusual about Marjorie Morningstar is that the author portrays the fanciful young protagonist, ...

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (Scout Press, 2019)

 

“3rd September 2017

Dear Mr. Wrexham,

I know you don’t know me but please, please, please you have to help me.”

 

With this intriguing opening, Ruth Ware launches her fifth  novel, The Turn of the Key, a mystery reminiscent of Gothic novels in its sinister and dark tone. However, the novel is ...

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

 In my last review of Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates, I wrote that Ms. Oates had died last year.  Ms. Oates is alive and well. This is an error that needs correction, and apologies go to Ms. Oates for the error.

 

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory (Atria Books, 2019)

What separates Tidelands from other historical novels that Philippa Gregory has written, is that the heroine in ...

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (Dial Press, 2019)

On a road trip to Florida in 2000, my husband asked me what I was reading that was causing me to laugh out loud. “I am reading a new book by Sophie Kinsella called Confessions of a Shopaholic,” I replied. “Shauna gave it to me to read.” My 14-year-old daughter already had discerning taste in literature and I ...

Legendary Band Leader Paul Shaffer Tells Steve Adubato How He was Inspired by Comedy Icons Early in his Career

February 19, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- Paul Shaffer is widely known as the former Musical Director of both Late Night with David Letterman and The Late Show with David Letterman, during which he was often involved in skits and the general hijinx of the production. However, as Shaffer tells Steve Adubato, he wasn’t always comfortable being gregarious and, in fact, grew up being an introverted kid until a 1972 ...