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Piscataway’s Metlar-Bodine House Museum Presents Nobody Owns the Sky: Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Female Aviators

Carol Simon Levin, creator of Telling Her Stories, is a Youth Services Librarian, author, storyteller and program presenter based in Bridgewater, NJ,. Credits: www.linkedin.com

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- There were many early 20th century aviatrices – besides Amelia Earhart! – who were every bit as brave and daring as their male counterparts.  Flying in flimsy wood and canvas aeroplanes, Aida de Acosta, Raymonde de Laroche, Hélène Dutrieu, Marie Marvingt, Harriet Quimby, Katherine Stinson, Ruth Law, Bessie Coleman and Elinor Smith (discover her Hadley Airport connection!) awed and thrilled people on the ground — executing audacious acrobatic aerial maneuvers, soloing across the English Channel, setting records, barn-storming and buzzing beneath New York’s bridges. 

Undaunted by male skepticism, they were determined to show that anything that men could do, they could do too!.

Carol Simon Levin, creator of Telling Her Stories, is a Youth Services Librarian, author, storyteller and program presenter based in Bridgewater, NJ, and is a member of the NJ Storytelling Guild, the NJ Library Association, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  She has always been particularly fascinated by the history of technology and women’s history.

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Ms. Simon Levin will sign copies of Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates, an informational, interactive coloring book (for all ages) celebrating the lost stories of 69 fascinating and forgotten courageous women – of all colors - in American political history.  Refreshments served after the program, and The Dutch Door Gift Shop will be open.

Event Details
Where:  The Metlar-Bodine House Museum
Location: 1281 River Road, Piscataway (Handicap accessible)
Date:  Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time:  2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $12 per person
Limited Seating, Reservations Required by Tues, Aug. 8

For more information, directions, and to reserve: 732-463-8363 or email metlarbodine@gmail.com

Museum entrance and parking: from River Rd, take Hillcrest Dr. to top of hill, left onto Logan Lane, proceed straight to upper parking area (a cul-de-sac). 

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Union County Residents Question Freeholders on Financing for Mind and Body Project

August 19, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - About 20 people Thursday raised concerns about the financing for the Roselle Mind and Body Complex during the public comments portion of the Union County Freeholders’ meeting.

The project includes a new school, community center, library and more in the borough.

The opportunity to speak was nixed last week when a freeholders’ special meeting vote regarding the ...

Why Choose to Live in Westfield, Scotch Plains or Fanwood, NJ?

Northern New Jersey is filled with many thriving towns — so why choose Westfield, Scotch Plains or Fanwood? Strong school systems, lively downtowns, and easy commutes to New York City are only drops in the bucket of what make these towns the charming and special places that they are.

Westfield’s downtown is centrally located and packed with everything you might need. Whether ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Tip of the Month – The Dangers of Too Much Caffeine

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In today’s society, it seems like our to-do lists are always getting longer while our opportunities for sleep are getting shorter. How often do you hear, “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my cup of coffee?” Caffeine has become a necessity to many, and possibly an addiction for others. In small doses, caffeine shouldn’t cause too much ...

Making New Jersey an Affordable Place We Can All Call Home

August 10, 2017

Dear Editor:

As many residents in Union County, and across the state, are aware, New Jersey's constitution prevents municipalities from using zoning powers to discriminate against lower income residents, and requires that every community provide a reasonable opportunity for affordable homes to be built. Mount Laurel, as this doctrine is known, has been the law of the land for over 40 ...

Back to School, Back to Routines

August 21, 2017

The new school year is quickly approaching us. Back to the routine of getting up early, school assignments, sport activities (which means more driving), early breakfasts, meal planning, and overall more activities.

Oftentimes as parents, we begin to take on a lot of the responsibility for our kids going “back to school." We are overwhelmed by the number of things we need to do ...

Open House for New Independent Living Program

August 22, 2017

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Pathways to Adult Living (PAL) program, designed to ensure a successful transition to independent living for 18 – 21 year-old students with disabilities who have completed their high school academic requirements, will hold an Open House from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31 at the program’s renovated storefront at 95 Main Street in ...

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