Those who grew-up in
Morris County, NJ are probably familiar with the AT&T training facility in
Chester that truly is a sght to see. The facility actually treats the logs
used in making telephone poles with the preservative compound to make them
weather and pest proof. Now, imagine a field of these poles standing
upright in unseen vats so that their tops are just a few feet above ground.
I remember being told by my folks that that was where telephone poles were
born, and the little ones were "just babies that would grow up to be big and
strong like their parents."
It was always a neat place to drive past with your kids to tell them of the
"urban legend" about where telephone poles came from.
A good friend who grew up in the area told me about the time his now
grown-up son was driving by the area and matter-of-factly explained to his
girlfriend about the birthplace of telephone poles and other myths
which he actually believed "because his dad told him so."
You could imagine the look on that girl's
face when she realized that her boyfriend was not kidding...he meant and
believed every word of it.
And if you don't believe it..go ask the Easter Bunny!. :)
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Look at Life in NJ
The glass is not
half full or half empty
...it's just a GLASS! OK? (And make sure you wash well before you put it in
Some people go
through life looking at it through rose-colored glasses believing everything
is for a reason. Losing one's job is seen as a new opportunity, not as a
sudden loss of the means to provide for your basic living. They always embrace
change as good…I am not one of them.
I prefer to
look at life and plan on the worst outcome…If it happens I reason I will be
prepared to deal with the fallout. If it doesn’t, I am happily surprised and
delighted that things worked out despite themselves. It sounds good on
paper, but rarely life is never like that. Bad things depress us…previous
layoffs have lead to better jobs at different employers, but the transition
can be rough at times.
My husband and
I prove the old saying that "opposites attract", He is brutally optimistic in
his outlook of life. Raised in suburban Morris County as a kid he is truly a
Jersey Boy. I grew up in an inner city area of Buffalo NY, so I have a more
pessimistic outlook…snow only looks pretty if someone else is shoveling
it! Our Life together isn’t always picturesque, but it is an adventurous one
that we manage by using a bit of sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek humor.
So I suppose
it’s that awful streak of sarcastic humor that has gotten me here: writing a
column about Life in New Jersey from my point of view. I grew up the
youngest of 5 kids in a Roman Catholic Neighborhood. My family was considered
small at the time; most of my friends had 12 or more siblings. As a result I
grew up in a different lifestyle and have a different view of money and chores
than most of my teenage daughter's peers share.
I suppose it is
my past experiences, especially not being a native Jersey Girl that
allows me to look at my life in this state and see an awkward humor in it. I
hope when you read this column you see a little of your past or present and
take time to reminisce, laugh, or just decide it is time to look destiny
straight in the face, bear your teeth and make that solemn commitment to
yourself and...finally organize your sock drawer!
month, SMILE (it will make people wonder what you're up to! :)
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Announces 7th Annual
Family Arts Festival
250 families expected to attend festival at Robert Wood Johnson
University Hospital focusing on strengthening adult-child relationships
through visual and performing arts workshops.
Arts and Humanities Education (IAHE) announces its seventh annual Family Arts
Festival at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital on March 25th.
Professional artists will work with families and their children on visual and
performing interdisciplinary activities. These culturally-based activities
will seek to strengthen the bond between children and adults as well as
educate families about different intercultural perspectives. The event is
scheduled from 1-4 p.m. and will include ethnic dancers and karate
demonstrations. Each participating child will work on a faux stained glass
panel, which when completed, will be transformed into a lit mural expected to
span 7x5 ft.
The event will start with “warm up” exercises which seek to get creativity
flowing as children create tin art, family crests, and fish kites and family
portraits. Following the exercises families will view dance and karate
demonstrations. Children and their families will then participate in arts
workshops such as Giant Drawings, Funky Fashions, Raise your Voices (songs)
and Rhythms of Life (dance).
Wegman Supermarket Group and Foodtown will provide light refreshments to be
followed by a raffle and a closing ceremony, featuring the lighting of the
faux stained glass mural.
The Family Arts Festival is made possible through the support of the Johnson &
Johnson Family of Companies. Johnson & Johnson and Robert Wood Johnson
University Hospital have provided free admission to their employees and to New
Brunswick residents. People in surrounding areas are encouraged to come and
contribute $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. Families can pre-register
by contacting IAHE at (732) 220-1600 or register on-line at www.iahenj.org.
Workshop space is limited, but walk-ins on the day of the event are welcome.
IAHE will provide Spanish-speaking translators as well as translated goody
bags to Spanish-speaking families. Accommodations will also be made for
special needs children.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New
Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the
National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for
the Arts. Institute for Arts and Humanities Education, is a non-profit arts
education organization, dedicated to serving New Jersey's families, schools,
and communities with innovative, interdisciplinary programming in the arts and
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