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COMING ATTRACTION; A SPECIAL NIGHT: 5 Year Anniversary of FREEHOLD NJ NETWORK FOR SUCCESS at PARK 33 FREEHOLD WEDNESDAY JAN 21st 7 PM  By Calvin Schwartz COMING ATTRACTION; A SPECIAL NIGHT: 5 Year Anniversary of FREEHOLD NJ NETWORK FOR SUCCESS at PARK 33 FREEHOLD WEDNESDAY JAN 21st 7 PM By Calvin Schwartz(0)

COMING ATTRACTION; A SPECIAL NIGHT: 5 Year Anniversary of FREEHOLD NJ NETWORK FOR SUCCESS at PARK 33 FREEHOLD WEDNESDAY JAN 21st 7 PM  By Calvin Schwartz

 

 

Wendy and John Bruzzese created the Freehold NJ Network for Success five years ago giving of their time, energy and contagious passion to bring people together in a social and business atmosphere. I met them three years ago and  marvel at their continuing commitment and dedication. For me, back then, entering a new experience of central Jersey journalism, what a perfect opportunity to connect and network in a casual atmosphere. I can’t put an exact figure on how many people, connections and journalistic opportunities that Wendy and John’s Network have given me but it’s substantive.

Interacting with professionals and business people, my central Jersey connections have been so dramatically enhanced by the Freehold Network For Success. Actually I’ve pinched myself a few times at events; hundreds of people with shared interests, food, music, prizes, networking, and they don’t charge you; it’s one of those too good to be true organizations.

 

 

 

I remember the Christmas after Hurricane Sandy and how they used a Network event for this amazing toy drive for the affected communities; they keep finding ways to give back. They’ve been active in many anti-bullying campaigns; more giving back to the community. So the FNFS is celebrating their 5th Anniversary. So one of my favorite expressions is “get thee off the sedentary sofa and come on over.”  Please do, get the chance to meet Wendy and John Bruzzese and a few hundred other people who probably have the same concentric circles of commonality as you; a great way to start a new year and you just never know the connection waiting.

Calvin Schwartz    January 9, 2015

 

 

***SAVE THE DATE for an amazing night of networking***
**PLEASE READ ALL DETAILS—Many more are coming**

Come celebrate the 5 Year Anniversary of FREEHOLD NJ NETWORK FOR SUCCESS at PARK 33…..and KICK OFF 2014 and our 5th Year of this group together!!!
This will be a great night out of Business/Social Networking with GREAT PEOPLE!!!

THIS IS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR MEMBERS and SUPPORTERS over the last 5 YEARS!!!

***PRIZES***
1- (2) separate Social Memberships to Bella Vista Country Club donated by Anthony Beshara.
2- $500 certificate towards any party of 50 or more people at Bella Vista Country Club donated by Anthony Beshara.
3- Sports Memorabilia Basket donated by Ed Garber.
4- $250 gift certificate donated by Neil Slattery Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.
5- Gift Basket from Brazen Bras donated by Christine & Angela Longette.
6- $250 gift certificate and basket of products donated by Nanci McCarthy of BEST TILE.
7- Basket of Italian goodies from Cammareris Bakery donated by Ernest Caponegro.
8- Jewelry basket donated by Carol Walker.
9- Basket valued at $150 from Pinot’s Palette Red Bank donated by Dorothy Ferlanti.
10- $100 Gift card for J.Hilburn clothiers donated by Susan Klapkin.
11- Dove Chocolate gift basket donated by Susan Klapkin.
12- Thank you to Karen Esposito Bull from Uncle Steve’s Italian Specialties for donating a Basket of Gluten free, Organic Sauce and Goods from Uncle Steve’s.
13- (3) separate Half Page advertisements in any area publication of NJ Savvy Shopper donated by Rich & Lisa Gentile.
14- Wine & Chocolate basket donated by Shannon Kulesa.
15- Thank you to Teri & Jordan Maskowitz from Pinot’s Palette- Manalapan for donating a basket with 2 gift certificates, bottle of wine and 2 wine glasses valued at $125
16- 5 Months free of Sho Go Jitsu Ryu $555 value donated by Mark & Regina Caravaglio-Caravaglio Self Defense & Fitness Training center.
17- Thanks to Donna Silverstein from Donna’s Caketastic Creations for giving away a party of 5 with cake and wine valued at $385.

The first 200 ATTENDEES will receive the following:
1-$100 certificate towards your 2015 Tax Preparation donated by Ed Garber.
2-$25 certificate towards services provided by TOTALPARTY donated by Dori Saypol.
3-$50 certificate towards a booking with Photobooths4All donated by Pete Stoermer.
4-$10 Gift card to Brazen Bras donted by Christine & Angela Longette.
5- $20 Gift Certificate to Brio Tuscan Grille at the Freehold Raceway Mall donated by Jon-G.M. and Ashley Hampton.
6- 1 month free of AUM Indian Dance, Cardio Kickboxing class, Zumba dance, Sho Go JitsuRyu-Karate & Jiu Jitsu Classes $300 Value.

If you attended last years anniversary, you know that we had over 300 networkers attend and gave many HUGE gifts away along with a goodie bag to all attendees!!!

Our host MATT BOROWSKI of PARK/PUB 33 has always been very supportive of the group and our members opening his doors to everyone and doing business with many group members.
THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD UPSTAIRS in the Banquet room.

There will be Drink specials (Beer, Wine & Mixed Drinks) and lite snacks all night provided by our host.
VALET PARKING AVAILABLE.

Adding some fun to the event…..would like to give a special THANK YOU to Pete Stoermer from PhotoBooths4All for providing the group with his photo booth for the event!!!
Lots of fun pictures will be taken and everyone that takes one in the booth will go home with a picture.

As always, there is NO COST FOR THIS EVENT!!! Just bring your positive attitude and desire to meet new people! Feel free to bring lots of business cards or bring a resume.

THIS GROUP IS ALL ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE and BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS!!! OUR EVENTS HAVE BEEN HUGE SUCCESSES with anywhere from 200-300 PEOPLE!!!!! More importantly we have lots of people helping each other, doing business and also raising awareness and money for great local charities and organizations!!!

See you there,
JOHN & WENDY BRUZZESE

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Prizes???? Are you ready??? Here is how it will work. Every attendee will receive tickets at the door and you will get to choose what prizes you would like to win. Drop your tickets and keep your fingers crossed.
We will also be giving out a bag of goodies at the front door with specials to the first 200 people that make it to the event.
Did I say again that EVERYTHING IS FREE??? You can win any of the prizes and get a bag of special offers, items or gift certificates for JUST ATTENDING!!!
This is our way of saying THANK YOU to all those that ATTEND the events and make this group as great as it is!!!

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE:  ttps://www.facebook.com/events/742220525870793/

A SPECIAL LADY: HATTIE SMELTER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY  By  CALVIN SCHWARTZ   December 19th 2014 A SPECIAL LADY: HATTIE SMELTER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY By CALVIN SCHWARTZ December 19th 2014(0)

A SPECIAL LADY: HATTIE SMELTER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY  By  CALVIN SCHWARTZ   December 19th 2014

 

 

 

Three years ago, because of a special synchronicity, I was invited to the birthday party of Emily Cook, turning 101, at Arbor Terrace of Middletown (formerly Regal Pointe). It was a particularly poignant experience for me. I got a chance to talk to Emily at length after her festive party with all the senior residents, musical entertainment (Jerry Spathis)and a birthday cake fit for a centenarian. Emily was sharp and filled with emoted memories. Her descriptions of the Great Depression and her life in general were riveting. We became friends and the following year, I went to her 102nd birthday party and somewhere in between parties, I managed to bring a TV crew and interview her live. On camera, she invited me back to her room; I laughed and still do, thinking about that.

 

The video went national. I learned a life lesson; how precious and meaningful time spent with seniors can be.  They can fill your senses and quest for historical first-hand accounts; that unique commentary/perspective not found on Google. Too often these days, I wish upon a star I had spent more time talking to grandparents and parents and seniors down the block, filling a void in my roots and knowledge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got a message a few weeks ago on Facebook from Darci Voight Kennedy, from Arbor Terrace, that another resident (it’s not assisted living but independent senior living), Hattie Smelter was turning 100 on December 12th and once again I was invited to the birthday party. I knew right away I’d be there.

Arbor Place was adorned with balloons and party signage. Waiting for the party to begin, Hattie, perfectly coiffed and looking 25 years younger than her age, was sitting off to the side in the lobby talking to the party entertainer, a vibrant talented Cathy DaPrato. I overheard Hattie mention one of her favorite songs was ‘Goodnight Sweetheart.’  I remembered the song from ‘American Graffiti’ and originally from the ‘Spaniels’ in 1954; still within my memory banks.

I sat and listened to a hit parade of memorable songs while the party rolled on. Hattie got up to dance with several different partners. Again she looked 25 years younger; she moved gracefully. While entertainer Cathy was talking, a resident, John Sorrentino, sat down next to me. He was only 91 and met Hattie for the first time a year ago at the mailbox which he had a hard time opening due to failing vision. Hattie walked over, took the key and opened it. A few weeks later he asked Hattie to be his girlfriend. She replied, “It’s too late.” John went on to tell me about his career as a building inspector in Florida. Later in his apartment, he’d show me a commendation letter for being honest and avoiding corruption and an invitation from President Bush to attend a special dinner. John hinted we should work on a book of his life.

 

 

 

When Cathy sang ‘Sweet Caroline’ most of the residents swung their hands side to side; they were into it; another couple nearby just held hands. The cake was cut, champagne passed around and it was time for Hattie and me.  She was born in Jersey City on December 12, 1914. When she was 15 years old she worked for the American Can Company. “Do you remember it?” Of course I did.  “I went to Saint Anthony’s grammar school for three years then public school. I left when I was in eighth grade because I had to go to work. You know, The Depression. For a woman it was easier to get a job.”   I knew why; they paid women less. Hattie blurted out, “$7 a week.”

But she worked for the American Can Company only during the summer months because she was under age. “They wanted my birth certificate so I never went back.” She laughed.  “Then I got this job. I worked in one place for 34 years.” I thought about Tom Brokaw and the greatest generation and wondered if people today regularly work in the same places for 34 years; Hattie was tough stuff I kept thinking. Maybe it was a contributing factor to living to 100. I decided not to ask her the typical question.

She worked all those years for Mongolia Importing Company testing casings for hot dogs and kielbasa. “I was in water all day long; rubber boots and apron. I used to gauge the casings. When my mother was sick I took a few weeks off. My job was always there.”

 

 

 

“How’d you meet your husband?”  “I was going to a dance with two of my lady friends in Bayonne at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. Leo was on the bus. He had a gold tooth. I’ll never forget it. At the dance he comes over and starts talking and going back home he sat with me on the bus. After that, we kept company (I remember my mother always used that expression) for 18 months then we got married. We stayed married for 60 years. I had a daughter, Dorothy who passed away a few years ago.”

All of a sudden Hattie interjects, “Make sure you write good stuff, nothing bad about me.”  “Is there bad stuff?”  “I hope not,” she was quick to respond.  I asked about music. She likes the radio, Bing Crosby and TV; she especially likes ‘Kelly and Michael,’ whom she is going to see in person in January. They have a special program at Arbor Terrace corporate where they seek to fulfill bucket list for their residents. Hattie’s is going to meet Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.

I knew I forgot to introduce myself when we started. “I’m Calvin by the way.”  “I remember Calvin Coolidge,” she stated randomly almost. “Do you remember him as President? Did you like him?”
“I forgot about him.” I thought that was so typical. No one has much to say about my namesake although I’ve been reading about an undercurrent that Coolidge is coming into vogue; history may discover he was far better than originally thought. “I remember Herbert Hoover. We used to say here comes Hoover on a horse.”

 

 

 

“What was it like during the depression?”  Hattie shook her head. “People used to sell apples. It was real bad. I had a job which was good. I bought shoes for myself for 99 cents. Would you believe it? Do you know how you used to pay? They put the money in a box and sent it up. They were never robbed. Then they sent the change back down. Then I bought laces for five cents.”

“During World War II, what did you do?”  “I used to work on Flit cans (Flit was an insecticide launched in 1923). Do you remember it?”  “Yes I do!”  “I used to solder them. I made a mistake once and soldered them together. I was tired. They moved me to five gallon cans.”

Hattie’s friends kept coming over to congratulate her. She asked if the party was over. I guess it was time for me too.  How engaging and delightful my time with Hattie was.  I did savor every moment. There’s a message and lesson; to do this regularly and absorb, interact and cherish. I asked Hattie if I could come to her 101st birthday party. We shook hands on it. She had a firm grip. She left a firm grip on my soul.

FOR MORE INFORMATION On ARBOR TERRCE OF MIDDLETOWN  Phone  732-957-0083    www. at-middletown.com

 

 

 

NOT Your Typical Review:  New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction and Red Carpet in Asbury Park USA.  By Calvin Schwartz  November 14th 2014 NOT Your Typical Review: New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction and Red Carpet in Asbury Park USA. By Calvin Schwartz November 14th 2014(0)

NOT Your Typical Review: New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction and Red Carpet in Asbury Park USA. By Calvin Schwartz November 14th 2014

 

 

 

We knew it was going to be a special night. A certain energy and excitement was building all week.  Our NJ Discover TV interviewing team, Frank Dicopoulos, Tara-Jean Vitale, Calvin Schwartz  and Chris Fotache on camera were all poised to hit the Red Carpet at the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction being held this year at Convention Hall and the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park USA on Thursday night November 13th.  Personally, for me, I felt it was so perfectly appropriate to have this world class celebrity ceremony in Asbury Park, as I’ve been writing (with its concomitant dreaming) of seeing this Jersey shore city become the global music and entertainment destination that the stars, moon and synchronistic universe signal will happen. As Tom Gilmour, from the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce and Department of Economic Development told me last night, “We’re almost there.”

 

The press arrived an hour before the Red Carpet began. Walking up the steps  to the boardwalk, under the ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey’ roof signage, which I always stare at proudly, was a band just beginning to warm up to greet spectators despite a cold cloudy ambiance which foretold the coming of the first snow. It was festive already.  The great arcade between the Paramount Theater and Convention Hall was decked out in Red Carpet, lights, action and abundant media cameras.

 

NJ Discover set up shop near the front of the Red Carpet but we knew about being highly mobile to track down the celebrities. First to arrive, dressed in stunning red, were Beverly Lee and Shirley Alston Reeves, The Shirelles from Passaic. I mentioned to them I was probably the only media person on the carpet who actually danced to their music way back when they started. They laughed. Legendary coach Bob Hurley was inducting Patrick Ewing. I think my Rutgers hat, which I almost always wear, subliminally, visually battled with my suit and tie. I commented and coach smiled.  We couldn’t catch up to NFL Films driving force, Howard Katz; his mother taught at Weequahic High School when I was there; a significant center of commonality. Tara-Jean Vitale corralled the ceremony back-up singers for Glen Burtnik’s band; Emily Grove, Jerzy Jung and Sally Webb for an interview. They are part of the essence of Jersey shore music.

Suddenly the Sopranos cast arrived. We all did our individual photo-ops with them. Aida Turturro, who played James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano character’s sister Janice, was warm, affable and approachable.  I told her about my wearing the Rutgers hat in honor of James who graduated there in 1982. She thanked me.  We took a picture together then she grabbed my Rutgers hat and posed; a perfectly delightful personality.

Frank Dicopoulos caught up to a very gracious Brian Williams and they talked on camera for quite a while; mostly on what it means to be from New Jersey and how for a while he left the state and couldn’t wait to come back. He’s a homeowner at Exit 98 now.  I talked to Brian about my new journalism career which in part was motivated by his persona. Then I asked whom he thought would be the guest inducting him. He thought someone from NBC.  Of course the surprise guest was Bruce Springsteen. When the ceremony began, I got a phone call from Tara-Jean Vitale telling me Bruce was in the building to induct Brian and to stay put.  I did.

 

For me, part of the lure of the night is the opportunity to meet people just below the surface of the night meaning I got a chance to talk at length to James Gandolfini’s sister Johanna and his niece. I told Johanna that I absolutely loved her brother for many reasons; a great actor, humanitarian, Jerseyan, and most importantly, Rutgers alum like myself. Then I mentioned how I’m obsessed with James’ last movie, ‘Enough Said’ and how I just keep watching it again and again; his last facial expression sitting on the steps with Julia Louis-Dreyfus was so emotional. She watched the movie again that morning. We smiled at each other.

The lights flickered; it was time for the ceremony to begin. I walked to the back of the arcade to say hello to Steven Levine from the Wind Mill Restaurants; they were serving their amazing hot-dogs. Brian Williams, quintessential Jersey, also had hot-dogs on his mind. He was just squeezing a  row of mustard on his dog as I arrived; he was wondrously happy.  So was I. It was a perfect day and night. Asbury Park was on center stage and I love that city. And I love New Jersey.

Calvin Schwartz  11-14-14

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s  inductees include Brian Williams, The Shirelles,  James Gandolfini,  former Knick Patrick Ewing; former Gov. James Florio; writer Dorothy Parker; suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton; NFL broadcaster Howard Katz; chef Alice Waters; jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie (who was inducted by Max Weinberg of the E Street Band); workers’ rights advocate Peter J. McGuire; and Holocaust survivor Maud Dahme.

 

 

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A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT: ‘ALEX and The Pavement’ to appear at Wonder Bar Thursday November 13th A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT: ‘ALEX and The Pavement’ to appear at Wonder Bar Thursday November 13th(0)

A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT: ‘ALEX and The Pavement” to appear at Wonder Bar Thursday November 13th By Calvin Schwartz

 

 

 

NJ Discover has been featuring special nights and special talent for the last few years. It becomes even more meaningful and relevant for us when we can feature a young exciting band that is enveloped in destiny and future success. If we were betting folks, remindful of an early scene in ‘Casablanca,’ a favorite movie obviously, we’d be letting it  ride on Alex and The Pavement in the next spin of the wheel. What does this mean? Get thee off the sedentary sofa next Thursday and come on down to the Wonder Bar for poignant, innervating music and a great bunch of kids.

Calvin Schwartz

 

Thu 11/13: ALEX & The Pavement   in Asbury Park.  They roll in to the Wonder Bar on Thurs., Nov. 13.  Music at 8 pm and admission is $5.

 

 

NOTES from ALEX and The Pavement

ALEX & The Pavement is a new cover band that came on the scene in the summer of 2014. Comprised of talented local musicians, ranging in age from 18 to 24, who share a passion for bringing great music to a variety of venues including but not limited to, restaurants, festivals, and bars. Mainly a Jazz/Pop cover band, they also perform a few rock and R&B covers as well as songs in different languages. With their love for music and a clean professional sound, they have quickly climbed the ranks in the local band circuit. Come along for the ride!

 

PLEASE CHECK OUT BAND WEBSITE:    www.alexandthepavement.com

EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY PROMOTES QUALCARE TOOLS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WORKPLACE EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY PROMOTES QUALCARE TOOLS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WORKPLACE(0)

Published on Nov 3, 2014

www.EANJ.org

Livingston, NJ– The Employers Association of New Jersey (EANJ) introduced on Tuesday, October 14, a new voluntary program for its membership designed to maintain a healthy workplace. The program promotes the Qualcare Tools to Maintain a Healthy Workplace. In 2012, Rutgers University and the EANJ were partners in a new statewide program to develop an online toolkit employers can use to build a healthier workplace, with activities ranging from mid-day walking clubs to more nutritious snacks in the vending machines. Casting New Jersey as a “healthy workplace state”, the program won Healthcare Hero honors from NJBiz in 2013.

“Still, with annual health care costs and premiums hovering around $10,000 per employee and increasing, it’s more important than ever for employers to encourage a workplace culture of wellness. Doing so can help employers reduce health care costs and result in increased employee productivity and satisfaction,” says John Sarno, president of EANJ.

The next step is incorporating wellness and disease management into healthcare plans, says Sarno.

On Oct. 14, Sarno convened an information session in Edison where Dr. Christopher Valerian, chief medical officer of QualCare, explained the program to employers.

“This voluntary program is designed to ensure that covered employees remain healthy, productive and happy,” says Sarno. “Working with a nurse case manager, participating employees will receive information and advice on their healthcare needs, preventative care and lifestyle choices – all within a confidential relationship.”

Sarno said employers won’t have to pay extra fees to participate in the disease management program.

EANJ’s health plan – Affiliated Physician & Employers Health Plan – covers hundreds of New Jersey small employers and is launching an initiative to encourage those employers to engage their workers in wellness and disease management programs, specifically ones that are successfully improving health and reducing unnecessary health care spending. This a self-insured healthcare trust that provides the same type of plan doctors and other healthcare providers purchase. The plan, managed by employers for employers, eventually helped give New Jersey companies a menu of more affordable, fully-ACA compliant health care plans that other options on the ACA healthcare exchange may not offer.

Presently, EANJ is the only nonprofit trade association in N.J. providing employers access to this plan with 13 different options. Currently, more than 1,250 N.J. employers, from nearly every NJ County gets their healthcare from APEHP and the rate growth is about 70 new employer enrollments per month.

Since 2006, QualCare has offered wellness and disease management programs within its entire family of health plans, which serves approximately 180,000 members.
EANJ wants to encourage more small employers to take advantage of QualCare’s wellness and disease management programs, which help individuals with chronic diseases – such as diabetes, heart failure and hypertension — to better manage their ailments.

Contact
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Nightmare in NJ – Halloween 2014 by TaraJean McD. Nightmare in NJ – Halloween 2014 by TaraJean McD.(1)

NIGHTMARE IN JERSEY
Although I love the idea of Halloween and dressing in outrageous outfits, I am not usually a big fan of being scared. Maybe it goes back to my childhood when my sister would race me up the stairs at bedtime and hide somewhere in my room or the bathroom waiting for the perfect opportunity to jump out and terrify me. But this year, with the help of my courageous 11 year old, I decided to see what the fright craze was all about in NJ.

 

Our first visit was to Asbury Park on the evening of the Zombie Walk. Some have called it the largest Zombie gathering in the world.

 

I decided I would dress in a CSI ball cap and sneakers, prepared and ready for a quick escape if necessary. Upon arrival I realized that I would be able to blend in with the hundreds of spectators mixed among the thousands of zombies, which relieved me. I was fully aware that zombies have a tendency to target fearful victims and I didn’t want to be their next meal. My sidekick and I stepped into the slow zombie crawl towards Cookman Avenue alongside an old decrepit man dragging his bloody leg. Looking in either direction I realized that I was surrounded by zombies with bloodied, half eaten faces, dragging their legs and arms and other body parts down the boardwalk.

 

The event was not just for the wild and outrageous lovers of gore, but it was also a fundraiser for brain cancer through the Gray Matters campaign and a blood drive with Central Jersey Blood Center.  I recently learned that over $3000 was raised for Brain Cancer Tumor Center and Camp Jinka – a free summer program offered by the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center for kids and teens whose lives have been impacted by a loved one’s diagnosis of a brain tumor. The evening was a little surreal, and the experience I can take away from this event mostly was the unsettling feeling of what it could be like to actually live through a Zombie Apocalypse. As the sun set on the avenue at Asbury Park the zombies began to spread across the town and meander into some the stores. Bloody old women and half eaten children were standing on lines for cheese fries or a warm pretzel. The sidewalks could not hold all the zombies and they began spilling into the streets, slowly struggling to move in their tattered clothes and face prosthesis. Everywhere we looked decaying groups of people were sluggishly looking for their way home. An eerie night over all, both my little 11 year old and I decided next year we would dress as Zombie warriors and come back to join the crawl.

The following weekend I brought a small group of witches, cats and zombies with me to the Witches Ball in Mount Holly NJ. This event is referred to as wickedly cool and amazingly enchanted. Rather than experiencing the future omen of the apocalypse, we found ourselves propelled into the past within moments as we entered under the archway leading to the Historic Mill Race Village.

As we ambled through the darkly lit streets the atmosphere of magic and mysticism enveloped us. The town had transformed into an old witches haven, with fortunetellers, artists, musicians and vendors. My mood relaxed as I meandered amongst witches and goblins, and men and women of gothic, fantasy, medieval and horror. It almost seemed as though we were all out for an eerie moonlight stroll. After listening to the great sounds of Midnight Mosaic, a local NJ band, we gathered our broomsticks and headed for our next excursion.

 

 

 

The Casola Haunted Hay Ride in Marlboro, NJ on Rte 79 was our final stop for the evening.

Although there were many times I have taken afternoon hayrides through the cornfields, it could not have prepared me for the terrifying darkness that awaited us through the torch lit woods. As the rickety wagon with very little protection slowly waddled down the winding dirt road zombies, ghouls, and axe murderers threw their bodies against the sides of the wagon and clamored on board. They were moaning or screaming or laughing uncontrollably as they moved slowly through the horrified wagon looking for huddling passenger to petrify. Although my little sidekick was shaking in her boots, I felt that I could maintain my composure amongst all these horror film villains. After all, I knew that there was only one figure that could cause my skin to crawl and shatter my bravery. Specifically it was the little demon girl who wore the decaying antique nightgown and used her long dark stringy hair to hide her decomposing face, she was the character from the movie “The Ring”. Luckily, the ride seemed close to the end. Strangely, I sensed a quietness. As I lifted my head from the safety of my daughter’s hooded shoulders, I peeked a look around to see if the eerie villains had abandoned the ride. As I turned to my left I spotted something white and small that seemed to be slowly floating a few feet behind the wagon in the darkness.

As I looked closer my eyes focused on the silhouette of a little girl with long hair wearing a long white night gown following the wagon in her bare feet. My heart stopped. From her pace I was sure she could never catch up to our rickety old wagon. That’s when the wagon came to a halt. I looked at my brave little 11 year old and said, “They have got to be kidding.” Sure enough the little faceless child with the bloody nightgown and dirty feet climbed on board. Not sure how she knew, but she went directly over to me and sat beside me and began to creepily hum a twisted nursery rhyme.

Well…that was all she wrote! I was done and ready to go home.

 

That experience was, after all, my last Halloween adventure for this year. On my list of places I was to visit are some of the scariest and most terrifying in NJ:

 

Six Flags Fright Fest in Jackson

Brookdale’s Haunted Theatre in Lincroft

Asbury Park’s Haunted Hall

Brighton Asylum in Passaic

Field of Terror in East Windsor

Camp Evans Base of Terror in Wall

Ghost Tour of the John Fell House in Allendale

Corn Field of Terror in Egg Harbor City

Fear in the Forest in Browns Mills

Hollowgraves Haunted Manor in Keansburg

Evil Spirits Woods at Emerald Acres in Monrow

Nightmare at Gravity Hill in Jackson.

 

I hope you can choose a place to visit off this year’s October “To Do” list that will help you reach you scare limits this Halloween. Thanks to the creepy little faceless girl in the long bloody nightgown I will be holding off until next year, spending the next hundred sleepless nights regaining my courage.

So, maybe next year I will start with a ghost tour or and haunted asylum (or maybe not).

Happy Halloween!

And post your favorite spine chilling Halloween experiences.

TaraJean McD., NJDiscover.com

OCT 9TH OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION for ‘BIG MAN’S WEST’ EXHIBIT AT ASBURY PARK MUSICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION: A REVIEW    By Calvin Schwartz    October 15th 2014 OCT 9TH OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION for ‘BIG MAN’S WEST’ EXHIBIT AT ASBURY PARK MUSICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION: A REVIEW By Calvin Schwartz October 15th 2014(0)

OCT 9TH OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION for ‘BIG MAN’S WEST’ EXHIBIT AT ASBURY PARK MUSICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION: A REVIEW By Calvin Schwartz October 15th 2014

Thanks to Terry Camp for lighting my fire and bringing me along and extricating me from my post-surgical shoulder replacement doldrums to get back into the eclectic/electric scene of Asbury Park. I’ve been to the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation (“Where music lives”) on Cookman Avenue often, from its inception several years ago. It is a back to the future place of musical memories and precious history. The old ‘Upstage Club’ which opened in Asbury Park in 1968 and was a launching pad for Bruce Springsteen, members of the E Street Band and Southside Johnny closed in 1971 but its molecules are still upstairs.

The ‘Big Man’s West’ exhibit focuses on Clarence Clemon’s nightclub which opened in Red Bank in 1981 and helped to revive the Jersey shore music scene in its two short years. Rock royalty performed there. The walls of Musical Heritage Foundation are replete with pictures, artifacts and videos grasping those two magical years. Many pictures on display were taken by Bob Wilkinson from Big Man’s West. The work of iconic music photographer John Cavanaugh, who artfully captures the essence of the history of Jersey music, was also displayed. I had a chance to talk to Candy Brown who worked at Big Man’s West; she recalled the magic and energy within those walls, described as “The best kept secret in New Jersey.”

 

The reception was essential Asbury Park with its diversified guests. I had some quality time with Stephen Bumball, another iconic historian of the city. Tom Gilmour, from Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce continued our dialogue why the city is evolving into that international music destination; the journey towards that vision ever so apparent. And then with Jean Mikle, Asbury Park Press, we talked about the Light of Day Foundation for Parkinson’s research and awareness which takes place in January in Asbury Park with a nearly a week of non-stop music. In the meantime, Jean is soon hopping into a European van and doing the continent again with musicians performing in the international portion of Light of Day. And Jo Bonanno had me promote Rutgers University to his high school daughter. A huge multi-liter bottle of cabernet in the back mesmerized so I partook.

Terry Camp announced the 3rd Annual Birthday Celebration for the Big Man, Clarence Clemons is now scheduled for January 10th 2015 at Bar A in Belmar. It’s an all-day happening of amazing musicians paying homage to Clarence; NOT to be missed. Watch for updates from Terry Camp and Nick Clemons and get tickets early.

The night was still young. Terry and I descended on Langosta Lounge where Pat DiNizio from the ‘Smithereens’ is performing on Thursday nights. Arlan Feiles opened for Pat; the most expeditious way to describe the rest of our night with both Arlan and Pat is, “Wow!”

Interview  with Dr. Margaret Fisher, Pediatrics Monmouth Medical Center [Video] NJ Discover Interview with Dr. Margaret Fisher, Pediatrics Monmouth Medical Center [Video] NJ Discover(0)

Dr. Margaret Catharine Fisher MD is a female Infectious Disease Specialist, has 35 years of experience and practices in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Margaret Fisher is a world renowned pediatric infectious disease consultant. She finished her residency and fellowship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, in Philadelphia, and is a Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Fisher’s curriculum vitae includes chapters in Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics (18th edition), Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea; Other Anaerobic Infections; and she served as editor-in-chief for Immunizations & Infectious Diseases; An Informed Parent’s Guide (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006). She also served on the Committee on Infectious Disease and wrote the chapter on Infection Control and Prophylaxis in the Red Book (27th edition, 2006).

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Medically Speaking TV Show Segment with Dr. Raj. Soul Focus. Wed. 8:30pm & Sundays 12:30pm Comcast Channel 190 Medically Speaking TV Show Segment with Dr. Raj. Soul Focus. Wed. 8:30pm & Sundays 12:30pm Comcast Channel 190(0)


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Strongly believing in the philosophy of focusing on the self to achieve tranquility and balance, he is part of a group of physicians on the brink of opening, Soul Focus, a state of the art facility dedicated to treating mind, body and soul. It is Dr. Raj’s ambition to provide a center whereby a person can go, and not just be healed by medical doctors, but also be treated for the afflictions of everyday life that plague them like stress, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.
Dr. Raj not only desires this kind of balanced serenity for his patients but also for himself. Completing his under graduate work at Drexel University in 1992, he was always in great shape, playing tennis. He explains, however, that once he got to chiropractic school, his body and nutrition changed as his schedule got more hectic. Most of us can understand this predicament. Today our lives seem tone filled from minute to minute, and things like exercise and healthy eating just don’t fit in anymore. We need guidance on how to build it all back in.
Dr. Raj admits to having a bit of a “wake up call” when one day, while treating a patient he glanced at himself in the mirror , and was not happy with what he saw. Wanting to set an example for his patients, he knew he had to make changes to reflect his philosophy of healthcare. Starting with a 9 Day Detox program, he set out on a journey to his own persona l wellness. After the intense cleanse, he explains, “I lost 16 lbs and had more energy than I eve r had in my life. It was like a reset button for my system, I felt refreshed and was excited.”

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