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Junior Musical Club to Present Annual Graduation Recital on June 7

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High school seniors Anna Song, Abigail Fossaceca, John Ray, and Dan Zheng at the piano, will perform in the Junior Musical Club’s Graduation Recital, June 7, at 7 pm. Credits: Gerald Shea
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The Junior Musical Club will hold its annual Graduation Recital, featuring four high school seniors about to leave for college, at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street, Westfield, on Tuesday, June 7, at 7:00 pm (please note the new date). The concert is open to the public free of charge. A reception will follow.

Abigail Fossaceca is a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood (SPF) High School. She has been studying classical piano with Mrs. Beverly Shea for eleven years, and jazz piano with Greg Natic at the Scotch Plains Music Center, for five years. Abbie has also studied the Clarinet since fourth grade through the music program of the Scotch Plains Fanwood School District. Abbie has been a consistent participant in the Music Educators Association of New Jersey, and Royal Schools of Music, examinations. She has also participated in the SPF High School Jazz Lab for the past four years. Abbie will be attending Villanova University as a business major, with a co-major in international business. The solo piano piece she has selected for the Graduation Recital is "Clair de Lune” from Claude Debussy's Suite Bergamasque. She will also join Dan Zheng at the piano for two duets, Anton Arensky's Fugue on a Russian Theme, and Samuel Barber's “Waltz” from the ballet suite Souvenirs, Op. 28, No. 1.

John Ray is graduating from Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren NJ. He has played flute for nine years, studying in the studio of Mrs. Diana Charos Reilly for the past four years. A recent winner of the Cynthia Platt prize and second place finisher in the 2015 New Jersey Flute Society concerto competition, John has participated in numerous masterclasses with flutists from top orchestras around the country. He has attended summer programs at schools including the Curtis Institute of Music and Eastman School of Music. John will be attending the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. John has selected Claude Debussy's unaccompanied flute solo, Syrinx.

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Anna Song is a student at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights and has played flute for seven years under the instruction of Mrs. Chia-Hsiu Wang. She has been a Gold Winner in the Cecilian Young Artist Competition, American Allegro Fine Arts Association, and National League of Performing Arts. Anna will be majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall. She has selected the first movement of Carl Reinecke's Flute Concerto in D Major and a movement of Franz Doppler's Andante et Rondo, both accompanied by Beverly Shea on piano.

Dan Zheng is graduating from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. He has studied classical piano for a decade; he thanks his teacher Mrs. Sondra Tammam for helping him become the best musician he can be. He is a student accompanist at SPF High School for many of the choirs and also participates in the pit orchestra for the annual repertory theater production. Dan will attend the University of Pittsburgh studying computer science and engineering. His solo recital piece will be Frédéric Chopin's Ballade No.1, Op.23 in G minor, and will join Ms. Fossaceca in the piano four-hands selections.

The Junior Music Club welcomes everyone in our communities to hear these artists perform and to join us at the reception afterwards to congratulate them as they start their college careers.

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Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

Do You Recognize These Dogs?

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Two dogs were found in Plainfield near the fire station on Central Avenue on Saturday. 

The dogs are currently with a family in South Plainfield.  If you recognize the dogs, please email TAPinto Plainfield at jpopper@tapinto.net.

A Hidden Gem in the Suburbs – Spring Academy Montessori Pre-School helps children reach their full potential by fostering an innate love of learning!

July 16, 2018

Located on a quiet residential street in Warren, NJ, Spring Academy Montessori Preschool opened its doors to the public in late November 2016.  Spring Academy wanted to fill a niche that was missing in the community -- a pre-school with a Montessori philosophy combined with an emphasis on language immersion.  Since then, parents have been coming from all over to enroll their children in ...

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July 3, 2018

LONG BEACH ISLAND –Tuesday entertainment headlines with a free concert from 7-9 p.m. at Bayview Park in Long Beach Township.  Chris Fritz and the Impulsives are performing  Visitors are reminded to bring a beach chair, a cooler to enjoy the concert and beautiful sunset at the bay. 

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Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

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A Guide to July 4: Fourth of July Fun Facts, a Video and Where to Find Independence Day Celebrations, Fireworks Displays

WARREN, NJ -  Independence Day 2018. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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Viewing and Funeral Mass Set for 1-Year-Old Boy Killed in July 7 Crash, Fundraiser Established

July 16, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales.

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission kicked off its Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park Sunday with a performance by Bob Miranda and the Happenings.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

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Make the Call, Save a Life

July 10, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There is much focus on preventative opioid abuse education. Rightfully so. However, the goal in addressing the opioid epidemic is saving lives. Even if that means just saving one life. While people are becoming increasingly aware of resources relating to rehabilitative services, support groups for friends and family of addicts, and training parents for signs of opioid and ...

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