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From the court room to the lodge room, gavels are traditionally used - both symbolically and literally - to control and maintain order. UPBEAT NEWS knows about a certain Worshipful Master (Lodge President) Glenn Latshaw  of USS New Jersey Lodge in South Jersey who has had his share of bad luck with his gavel, snapping the head off of not less than 3 during his term of office. 

This prompted a long-time friend and brother Mason to solve the problem by presenting the Worshipful Master with a Fisher-Price toy gavel belonging to the friend's 2-year-old son, Zachary, at a recent open Installation of Officers as a practical joke,  The  multi-colored toy was very sturdy, plus it gave  a  playful squeak with every use.

Well, after everyone had their laughs, and the festivities were winding-down, the Master dutifully presented the toy gavel instead of the actual one to his District Deputy RW William J. Krassen
as part of the honors given to such a person which allows the Lodge to be closed in an abbreviated manner. 

The quick-thinking Deputy ceremoniously received it and then, after his closing remarks, summoned Zack to join him at the podium to retrieve his toy, but not without giving him the opportunity to grasp the handle with the Deputy to help close his Daddy's lodge with a final official squeaky rap!


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~ {G o I n G N u T s} ~
A Humorous 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 the rack!)

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!

Until next month, SMILE (it will make people wonder what you're up to! :)

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Edison Valley Playhouse presents David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize winning play "Glengarry Glen Ross" at their playhouse on the corner of Oak Tree Road and Woodland Avenue in Edison, NJ.  This contemporary classic won the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for drama, and became a successful film starring Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino and Alec Baldwin.

The production features Drew Militano as Shelly Levene, Todd Jones as Richard Roma, Joseph Porter as  John Williamson, Jeff Jelling as Dave Moss, John Thompson as George Aronow, Bill Martinak as James Lingk, and Neil Fasolino as Detective Baylen.  The show is directed by William Biach, stage managed by Marilyn Becker, and co-produced by Anthony J. Cantalupo and Bill Seesselberg.

Final shows Friday March 9 at 8 PM and Saturday March 10 at 8 PM.  Ticket prices are $15 for Adults, $12 for Students and Seniors.  For reservations or more information about upcoming shows, call (908) 755-4654 or visit www.evplayhouse.com.


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