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Beth's Book Review

The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg (Random House, 2016)   What happens to us when we die? Does everything stop and our bodies just turn to dust? Or do our souls continue to exist in some ethereal form? Are we able to see what happens to our loved ones; are we reunited with those who have gone before us? This is just one of several intriguing themes that the delightful Fannie Flagg explores in her latest novel The Whole Town's Talking. The first part of The Whole Town's Talking introduces Lordor Nordstrom, a 28 ...

Choosing Your Funeral Home

STAFFORD, NJ - Many times when I sit with someone and the subject of final disposition is discussed, I usually start by explaining who has the legal right to authorize the funeral arrangements of their loved one or friend. In New Jersey, you cannot preauthorize your own final dispostion. You can certainly prearrange the details and prepay for services but the final arrangements, after death, must be signed by the legal next of kin as described below by the New Jersey Funeral Directors Association: Unless a court of ...

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 ...

Health News You Can Use

Results of research published this week in the American Heart Association journal Stroke found that over a seven year period, people who drank one artificially sweetened beverage a day were almost 3 times (2.96 times to be exact) more likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot than were people who didn’t drink artificially sweetened beverages. The same held true for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease risk. Those who drank one artificially sweetened beverage a day had an almost 3 time greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease and ...

Shopfunding for a Cause

Jenny’s Hope Rescue was founded in honor of Jenny, an adopted adult puppy mill rescue dog. As a puppy mill pup, bred over and over again, her health was precarious.  Her owners knew Jenny was very sick, but there was a great chance of survival and a very happy life filled with the love she never knew. With some care, dollars spent, and lots of love, Jenny lived a healthy, wonderful life. The founders of Jenny’s Hope Rescue hope to provide other dogs with the care and love that Jenny received. Through their work they hope ...

Southern Regional Accolades and College Commitments

STAFFORD, NJ - This column is to recognize Southern Regional athletic accomplishments and college commitments. College Commitment Abigael Coughlin has recently committed to Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ to continue her academic and swimming career. Coughlin is having a tremendous senior year on the Southern Regional Girls Swim Team.  She is pictured with her coaches Dan Dreher, Head Coach Bill Entrikin and parents, Cindy and Chris.            Athletic ...

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 ...

The SMBDigital

STAFFORD, NJ - Creative Click Media has announced the start of “Lunch n Learns,” a series of monthly informational sessions designed to help small business owners stay on top of current digital marketing trends.  Each Lunch n Learn will be held on the first Thursday of the month from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Creative Click Media’s office, located at 20 N. Main Street in Manahawkin, NJ. Lunch n Learns will combine networking, lunch, and business advice in a small group setting in order to give participants the opportunity ...

Your Family Matters

Too many of us go through life measuring ourselves against impossible standards and coming up short.  There's good news, though.  Feeling like a failure doesn’t mean you are one.  Your 'failures' aren't failures at all. Looking at it objectively, what we call failure is simply not reaching a desired goal.  That's it.  The problem comes when we attach a bigger meaning to it:  the thoughts and feelings of being imperfect, flawed and unlovable. Did you miss a deadline or not complete ...

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