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Friday, 17 October 2014
Trenton Makes the World Will Take Again

Trenton Makes the World Will Take Again



By Tammy Duffy



Ruth Perry, Executive Director of Trenton Health Network 


For the past several months the spread of deadly viruses like Ebola and enterovirus-68, have created fear and unrest throughout the world. 


Last evening, Trenton, NJ, Director of Health and Human Services, James Brownlee presented to the Trenton City Council the city’s Public Health Readiness. He focused on Ebola and EV-D68.  There were also executives from the local hospitals and community health centers in attendance as well.


Trenton is being proactive. This is a city that will not wait until there is a death in the town to react or educate anyone in the community. They are doing this now and have been doing this for several months. They have daily calls with the county health departments, weekly conference calls with CDC, etc. If an Ebola case or EV D68 is reported the Trenton Director of Health would be notified immediately and notifications would be sent out immediately to first responders and others. They would not follow the same strategy seen in Hamilton where hours went by before key personnel were notified and the public waited for days before they were informed on what was going on.


Brownlee has done an outstanding job developing a health care partnership in the city of Trenton. A network so unique that it will make the sign on our bridge “Trenton Makes the World Takes” glow again. Brownlee stated at the presentation,” We are not doing this alone, it’s a massive team effort.” Information is shared between the Trenton Community web site and the school district.


Last evenings presentation was done at the request of Councilman Duncan Harrison who raised the issue after local news stories about the viruses. There is a great concern in the community about how the city and schools would handle EV-68 after a 4 year old in Hamilton died from the virus.  Since the press conferences in Hamilton, the only public service announcement has been a posting by the mayor has focused on the Fall festival. There is no education to the community occurring in Hamilton. The Trenton leadership is taking a very proactive approach and making sure their community is ready.


Dr Ruth Perry stated, “I think that we are in an excellent position to deal with anything that may come to the city in terms of enterovirus and Ebola.” Dr. Perry, is the executive director of the Trenton Heath Team, which is a coalition of local hospitals and the city’s health department. Perry also said, “The health team allows those in the city’s health sector to work together in times where there is not an emergency, so they are well equipped to work together when there is a public health problem.” There were also key executives from Capital Health and St Francis Medical Center at the council meeting. They have been going through daily drills for Ebola preparedness and even created ebola crash carts. The Health commissioner has mandated these drills for all hospitals in the area.


“We’ve put together Ebola carts in preparation if we get a case,” said Dr. Robert Remstein, the vice president for accountable care at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.


Brownlee said the city is constantly updating the information about both viruses posted on the front page of the city’s website. Residents should go to the site to look for the latest information.


Brownlee’s mission does not end there. He is physically going out into the community, meeting with the Liberian community in Trenton to get to residents who do not have access to the internet, newspapers or telephones. Brownlee is a health director that others can learn from.


For the past two years Brownlee has been building a network for Trenton community. Trenton residents who go between hospitals and clinics have generally been treated without the advantage of a detailed medical history. Their medical records have not been readily accessible between organizations. As a result, providers have Trenton residents who go between hospitals and clinics have generally been treated without the advantage of a detailed medical history. Their medical records have not been readily accessible between organizations. As a result, providers have lacked information on a patient’s long-term health issues and on tests and treatments previously administered. Establishing a health information exchange that pulls together data from various healthcare agencies and makes it accessible to all is a critical goal if Trenton residents are to receive appropriate, cost-effective care, Dr. Perry said.


THT has partnered with CareEvolution, a Michigan-based information technology company, to create the Trenton Health Information Exchange (THIE). The THIE allows hospitals, doctors and other health care providers to electronically share patients’ personal health information (PHI) with each other in a secure and timely manner.


The THIE will result in improved patient care while controlling costs by avoiding costly duplication of services. The electronic database enables doctors to see lab results, radiology reports, emergency room records, prescribed medications, and discharge information for the patients of each of the city’s healthcare providers.


“By having a health information exchange, doctors can see, for example, that just weeks ago, a patient had, say, a cardiac catheterization, and they can see tests and results. That way, they won’t be duplicating any of that. The system will give doctors important information to enable them to provide the appropriate level of care,” Dr. Perry said.


Increasing access to crucial medical information, Brownlee added, is important to improving health outcomes and ensuring patients receive personalized, patient-centered care. “Our emergency departments can share information in real time, leading to better healthcare for patients,” he said. They lacked information on a patient’s long-term health issues and on tests and treatments previously administered. Establishing a health information exchange that pulls together data from various healthcare agencies and makes it accessible to all is a critical goal if Trenton residents are to receive appropriate, cost-effective care, Dr. Perry said.
















Posted by tammyduffy at 7:28 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 17 October 2014 8:03 AM EDT
Thursday, 16 October 2014
1800PetMeds Really Does Love Our Pets


 1800PetMeds Really Does Love Our Pets


By Tammy Duffy



Photo by Duffy: Officer Jose Munoz, Trenton Humane Law Enforecement Officer holding the donated carseat from 1800PetMEds


As a responsible pet owner we must be diligent with our pets and obtain their vaccines, feeding them proper nourishment, getting them spayed or neutered, giving them tick repellent and chewables for heartworm,etc  These are the essentials.


In NJ I was told there is a law that was passed that requires pets to be restraint while riding in your vehicles. If they are roaming around the car or in your lap, you can get a ticket from what I am told.





I would consider myself a very responsible pet owner. Some would argue and say, I am over the top with my furry kids. In the past,  I have  used the web site, 1800Pet Meds to obtain Frontline, Heartguard and a variety of pet needs for my furry kids.  They are quite efficient. Today, 1800PetMeds did something else great, besides keeping my kids healthy. 


Recently, I purchased a new car seat for my newest little rescue dog, Ana. She is a pint size 5 pound Westie/Yorkie Mix. Her other rescude sister, Sophia is 45 pounds.


I received the new car seat over the weekend and found that it was too small for my little Ana, even at 5 pounds.  So, I finally called 1800PetMeds today and said, “I am sorry I bought the wrong size can I return this for a credit?”  I did not use it, upon opening it found the carseat too small. Their response stunned me. They said,” We will give you a credit, but we would like for you to donate the carrier to a dog shelter.”   I gasped and said,” WOW! This is  so nice! I will definitely do that. I am so happy to see that they asked me to donate the carrier. It’s a very nice carrier. The cost was $48.00 for the XSmall car seat. It is lined with lovely soft cushions and fleece. A really comfortable seat.


I had a free moment so I went to the Trenton Animal Shelter on my way home and took the carseat there.  I knocked on the door and was greeted by the nicest person, Officer Jose Munoz, Humane Police Officer. Jose is a 15 year veteran at the animal shelter and was so thankful and grateful for the donation of the car seat. The animal shelter in Trenton has a noble job in the community. Officer Jose has been working at the shelter for over 15 years. His dedication to the animals in the city of Trenton deserves a reward.


The Trenton Division of Health provides the community with services that enhance the humane care of animals in the City of Trenton. The mission of the Bureau is to educate and promote a better quality of care for all animals in Trenton, being mindful of the need to protect the citizens of the city in accordance to the state and local laws and ordinances. Adoptable animals from TAS can be viewed online through TAS.Petfinder.com website, featuring photographs and a description of the animal.


TAS also features adoptable animals every Sunday at PetSmart in Langhorne, Pennsylvania between the hours of 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm.




There will also be a fundraiser, November 2, 2014 from 2-6pm at RHO Waterfront. Rho is located at 50 Riverview Plaza in Trenton, NJ.


This fundraiser will be benefiting the homeless pets of the Trenton Animal Shelter. This event will featuring food, ,music, vendors, and much much more. Please come out and help us raise money to help the homeless pets of the Trenton Animal Shelter

Posted by tammyduffy at 3:29 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 16 October 2014 3:33 PM EDT
Sunday, 12 October 2014

When BYOB Means Bring your Own Baby


By Tammy Duffy



There is a relatively new business located at 85 South Main Street in Yardley, PA. The business is called, The Artist’s Cellar, owned by Mary Jane Martin. This brand new BYOB is a place that allows patrons to  “Paint and Sip”. 


The Artist's Cellar, believes that every one has talent and that people will enjoy pursuing an interest, the more you unleash your abilities.  It is the hope of the owner of this art studio that both adults and children will come to the cellar.


The way it works is you go on line to their calendar and choose a painting that you would like to paint. You sign up for the class on line or you can also call them. Patrons are encouraged to bring wine, beer or cocktails to the classes.


As a professional artist I thought, let me give this a try.  Let me see how this works and how I can educate the community on this new novice painting experience that is sweeping the United States. 


Last evenings experience at this particular studio was unpleasant to say the least. I made my reservation several days in advance and received an email confirmation to attend the class.   The receipt does not have any contact information on the studio, i.e. address or phone number.  So before I left my house I had to Google,  The Artist Cellar to find the address. 


I arrive for my 7 pm class twenty minutes early. I only see one car in the lot behind the building. I thought that was odd.  I walk to the front and walk up the handicap ramp on the side of the building, the doors were all locked. I then walk to the front of the building, I can see someone in the studio, try that door, it is locked. they see me but do not acknowledge me or help. I then walk around the back of the building and found a door open.

A woman, who I later learned was the owner said to me,”What are you doing here?” in a stern and inappropriate way, all the while giving me a look to kill. I responded with,” I am here for the art class.” She responded,”Well the class does not start until 7:30pm. So we are not open.”  Again, in a very snotty tone. I responded with,” Ok, I will leave and come back, my bad I thought it was seven.”  She responded with,” Good.”  After she said that I think she realized that what she had just said was beyond inappropriate and said, “You can stay.”  I honestly was so annoyed with her behavior that I left. I contemplated just going home. I very much value my free time and do not enjoy being treated with disrespect. A very unwelcoming atmosphere.


I left the studio and returned at 7:15pm.  I noticed others were getting to the studio at this time. I noticed every person and group that came that they all did the “where is the entrance that has an unlocked door dance.”  This was quite odd due to the fact at this time there were now 3 people, the owner and two employees in the building. They saw every person struggle with the doors but gave zero acknowledgement to anyone…via giving directions to which door was actually open.  There was signage placed on the sidewalk in front of the building, creating the direction that this was the door to enter….only to find the door was locked if your traversed the front sidewalk entrance. It was quite perplexing how they completely ignored everyone .  We all had to do the “door dance”.  I also found it odd that if you have a handicap entrance that you do not unlock it for your patrons to use.


Upon entering the room one cannot help but notice the vastness of the room, the large monitors in the corners, and the number of paintings around on the walls and in stored space.  I also noticed the lovely wooden floor that did not have one speckle of paint on it. I have never been to an art studio that does not have paint speckles on the floors that resemble abstract paintings in their own right. I proudly have one of these abstract painting floors in my art studio. 


As I enter, I notice that people’s names have been written on the brown paper that covers the tables, so I look for my name. I circle the entire room.  I will also share with you that no one greets you as you enter to check you in or acknowledge that you are there. As I finish my lap around the room, I notice that my name is no where to be found on any of the tables. I then go up to the owner and said, I do not see my name. She said,” Ok, let me have your name.” I give it to her and she goes to her computer. She comes back to me to tell me that she cannot find me in her computer. I said,”Well, I have my receipt in my car would you like for me to go get it?” She responds with,” Yes.”


At this point I am annoyed but go and get the receipt. I come back in, give it to her and she says,” Did you just sign up today?” I tell her,” No, several days ago.”  The receipts that you are given to not demonstrate the day of your class, time, address of the studio, just the name of the painting you picked.


The owner then asks the one assistant to set up a place for me. She does and I am told to get an apron. I get one, but cannot help notice that they had not have been washed and reused from class to class. As an artist we are very familiar with a freshly cleaned apron versus the one that could probably walk to the easel on its own.


 I live in Hamilton, NJ and we recently had a youth die from EV D 68, and no one knows where he got it from. There is no proof he got it from the school, but could have been a business, playground, etc. Adults can get EV-D68 and then give it to their kids. The virus can live on surfaces for 24 hours. So this bothered me greatly. I could only then wonder how they cleaned the handles of the brushes that they reuse from patron to patron.


The one assistant came up to me and gave me a paper plate of paint. She then said to me,”Sorry for the delay in setting you up, but you were late and we had to rush to set up your area.”  I had to do everything in my power to respond with a level of respect. I said to her,” I was not late, definitely was here on time, was actually early, and did not ask you to rush.”    She then walks up to the owner, whispers to her, again another glare I get.  Now mind you, I made it clear that I write the art blog for the Trentonian newspaper. So, one would have thought they would have been on their best behavior and been helpful.


As people began to settle in their perspective spots I could not help but notice the massive amounts of alcohol each group brought with them.  One couple had two large growlers of beer and a bottle of wine, two gals that came, had numerous large bottles of wine,etc. There was not a couple that had less than 2 bottles of wine with them, some had even more. They are supplied with a large tub like ice bucket from the owner to keep their alcohol cold. The two ladies sitting across from me brought in a picnic and two very large bottles of wine.


The demographic of the people in the class I took were all white and I would guess that their ages were 25 to 34. There were three women that were above that age. The one team of gentlemen who came spoke about how they were the owners of Cream Ridge Vineyard, yet I found it interesting they were only drinking J. Lohr and Saudi Creek wines, 3 bottles for those two gentlemen.  There was no doubt these gentlemen who said they owned Cream Ridge, clearly did not. They were about 29 years old. Why were they not drinking their own wines? Well, I have drank the wines from the vineyard and I am not a fan of them either.


The class begins and the instructor places the painting on the easel. The way the room was set up it was impossible to see the painting that you are there to paint, unless you sit in the front row. They had two projection TV’s set up with cameras on the stage where the instructor was, but you still could not see the painting that way. If you are going to have all this technology to make it easier for people learn how to use it so its actually helps the patrons. As the instructor began teaching and painting she stood in front of the easel which also made it impossible from where I was sitting to see what to do. It would be better if there was a small copy of the piece for the night at each seat. This would ensure that people could not have to giraffe neck to see the painting. 


There was music playing overhead which was extremely distracting and interfered with the instructor. I could not hear the instructor.  There was never any acknowledgement to the patrons to see if they could hear. As patrons drank more the room became noisier also led to the inability to hear the instructor.


As we began to paint, we were all told numerous times, take care of our brushes, do not leave them sitting there to dry out and place them in the water. This was told to me at least 8 times during the class as well as to others. They actually too the step to place your brush in the water if you did not comply. I also got "scolded" for making my paper towel too wet that I used to clean off my brushes, that the wetness would soak through to the table. You also ran out of paint and were made to feel that you could not ask for more. They significantly underestimated the amount of paint that was needed for the painting.


The two women sitting across from me one hour into the class had already polished off one bottle and started their second. The one gal whose name was April, was inebriated. She began talking in baby talk for the rest of the class, quite loudly. I was sitting on the stool that is provided and all of the sudden heard a baby’s voice. I thought, “Oh, a kid came that I missed. No, it was an adult who was drunk talking in baby talk. I thought where am I? Her friend was just as drink; at least she was refraining from baby talk.


The couple sitting to my left was on their first date. The guy seemed cool, the girl intensely competitive. She was constantly berating her dates painting. She went to the extreme to grab the instructor to have the instructor compare the two paintings all the while saying,”Mine is better than his, right, mine is better, mine is better.”  The instructor in the end agreed with her, I suspect to just quiet her and proceed. I would suspect there will be no second date.


The baby talking drunken adult then started singing loudly with her drunken friend. That serenade only lasted a few measures but then thwse baby talk intensified. It was outrageous. Neither the owner nor the staff said or reacted in any way to this outrageous behavior and allowed the two girls to drink. I then noticed that the numerous bottles of wine and growlers that people brought were also all empty. Yikes, anyone hear of DUI?



One of the patrons was having difficultly with the painting that was selected. I heard her talking to her mother and she does paint by number paintings. She did not know how to draw. She became very frustrated so the instructor and art assistance removed her from the room and placed her in the hallway (where there was limited light). They did not know how to help her.  They set her up to sit on the steps that led to the second floor, no easel and her paints. I walked into the hallway and was horrified that a patron would be treated in this way. The art assistant did not know how to help people.  Again, this unwanted feeling just metastasized through this experience. 



The ergonomics of the experience are also worth reporting on. The stools that you are given are almost the same height as the tables. So when you sit on them you are way above the tabletop. The small easel that they place on the tabletops force people to hunch over like the hunch back of Notre Dame to create your masterpiece. I could have stood up, but was running a marathon the next day so did not want to be on my feet for 2.5 hours.You see that in the photo above. Even if you stood up patrons still had to hunch over.


We all finished our paintings. As a professional artist I found the pace of the class extremely slow and found myself waiting for the instructors next steps.  However, for novice paintings, especially those impaired by alcohol, the pace seemed correct.


This new fast growing market of sip and paint events, I do believe offer a unique experience for the general public and corporations. However, the companies popping up need to be focused on their patrons, so they come back and recommend their studios to others. If you are professional painter this is not an event you would enjoy t attend I believe. However, you will enjoy teaching others who attend the events,so could be a great part time job.


The places starting up should ensure they grab artists that can teach others, not just kids out of college who have no experience dealing with the general public beyond twitter and facebook.


Posted by tammyduffy at 4:00 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 12 October 2014 4:04 PM EDT
Saturday, 11 October 2014
IN THE PINK: A Celebration for Women


IN THE PINK: A Celebration for Women


 By Tammy Duffy




Every year, in the month of October we celebration National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The world is surrounded with pink ribbons, pink 5k races, and events focused on celebrating and recognizing women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This is a disease that does not discriminate. It sees no color, it sees no race. It can afflict anyone.


New Jersey’s breast cancer incidence rate is fourth highest in the U.S., and New Jersey has the highest breast cancer mortality rate in the U.S. among white females according to recently released statistics by the American Cancer Society. Mercer County’s incidence rate is higher than both the NJ and US rates increasing the likelihood of knowing or being related to someone diagnosed with breast cancer. “With alarming statistics like these, the role of the BCRC becomes even more significant,” explains Judy Hutton, CEO of YWCA Princeton. “‘in the PINK’ not only helps us raise crucial funds for BCRC, but it also helps create awareness and hope,” adds Hutton.


This evening the 10th  Anniversary “in the PINK” Fashion Show Benefit  took place at the Westin Princeton Forrestal Village. All of the event proceeds  at this event benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) at YWCA Princeton. The evening featured  a cocktail reception and a silent auction featuring a stunning array of experiences and merchandise, followed by sit-down dinner and an awe-inspiring fashion show.  The models in the fashion show were:Holly Chen, Nidia Fernandez, Maggie Jara, Doug Johnson,Rachel Katz, Alyson Keyes,Arlene Lintag, Emily Lintag, Emmanuel Beza Marte, Sabrina Marte, Alyssa Martin, Maureen Offord, Assenka Oksiloff, Cindy Pinelli, Deepti Rana, Raj Rana, Suzanne Reynolds, Eneida Rodriguez, Sally Samuel, Dr. David Sokol, and Dr Shirnett Williamson. 


In the PINK is a unique event that celebrates the strength, beauty and spirit of those diagnosed with breast cancer. It also pays homage to the courage and compassion of their support network during their journey. This year’s fashion show featured the hottest fall and winter trends by Lord & Taylor. The clothes and accessories were modeled by breast cancer survivors, along with a chosen member of their support network, which includes family, friends, and medical professionals.


This event is a celebration of those surviving and thriving despite a breast cancer diagnosis. The BCRC relies on the proceeds of this event to continue to do the important work they do with women and families living with breast cancer..  The BCRC takes a comprehensive approach to breast cancer support and education, the BCRC at YWCA Princeton positively impacts the lives of more than 5,000 individuals each year, and helps hundreds of women learn to live with, through, and beyond breast cancer through free support groups, private counseling, a peer support network, lectures, mind/body wellness activities, free wigs & prostheses, a patient assistance fund, resource library, transportation-to-treatment program with their "treatment express" (which was donated by a local onocologist) and more.


The YWCA Princeton is especially grateful for the support of this year’s sponsors: Title Sponsor Lord & Taylor, CHEMRES as Spirit Sponsor, an anonymous Courage Sponsor, Compassion Sponsors Capital Health, Hopewell Valley Community Bank, University Medical Center at Princeton, Oasis Spa/Just For You Center, and an anonymous donor. Princeton Radiology has returned as Dessert Sponsor.  Several individuals joined this year as Patrons. Inspiration Sponsor Hamilton Jewelers sponsored a special, limited edition pin made in honor of the 10th anniversary of the event


For more than 40 years, the center has been providing free programs designed to help women through the entire breast cancer journey – from diagnosis through treatment, recovery, survivorship, and even recurrence. Their comprehensive approach to breast cancer support and education positively impacts the lives of more than 5,000 individuals each year, and helps hundreds of women learn to live with, through, and beyond breast cancer.


Their outreach program brings education directly to Mercer County, central New Jersey, and Bucks County. Trained YWCA staff members are available to meet with community organizations, corporations, places of workshop, schools, to talk about breast cancer and teach women to do self-examinations. Presentations are tailored to the group and may include a workshop to identify women who quality for free breast health services


Each of the women who attend this event all had a story of triumph. I was given the opportunity to speak with Mrs. Sally DaSilva, a breast cancer survivor.  In January 2013 she was playing with her son, Vincent II. He accidently hit his head on her breast area. Several days after this happed, Sally was still in pain. She went to the doctor only to discover she had a mass/lump in that very breast.  Sally was only 38 years old, too young for a mammogram according to all the “rules”. She went for a mammogram and that is when as Sally puts it, ”She started a new normal.”  Just one week prior to her diagnosis, Sally’s husband’s mother had passed away. Sally carried this burden and did not tell her husband right away, due to the death of his Mom. She lost another relative shortly after that as well. Her family embraced her once she told them and have been her support and strength through the years.  Her son saved her life.


Vincent DaSilva, Sally DaSilva, Vincent DaSilva, II, and Marilyn Samuel


 I will repeat something I said in the beginning of this article. This is a disease that does not discriminate. It sees no color, it sees no race its sees no age. It can afflict anyone, women and men. Make sure those you love get their mammograms and stay alert to changes in their breasts. As women we do not want to ask for help, it is viewed as a sign of weakness. We go through the toughest things in life alone sometimes. The women in our towns do not have to go through their breast cancer alone. They can reach out to the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Princeton and get loving support through their journey with this disease. Reach out to them, these ladies are doing amazing things for other women. 






Posted by tammyduffy at 7:07 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 11 October 2014 11:24 AM EDT
David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA

David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA





 First Major U.S. Museum Exhibition of Eminent Filmmaker and PAFA Alumnus
September 13, 2014 – January 11, 2015

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) presents David Lynch: The Unified Field, on view September 13, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

The Unified Field will be the first major U.S. museum exhibition of internationally-renowned filmmaker and PAFA alumnus David Lynch (b. 1946), featuring works from all periods of Lynch’s career. The exhibition will feature approximately 90 paintings and drawings from 1965 to the present, many of which have rarely been seen in public. Included will be a section exploring his early work and its origins in Philadelphia (1965-70), which was a critical time in Lynch’s creative development.

“PAFA’s tradition of teaching emerging artists the figurative tradition found one if its most outrageously exhilarating practitioners in David Lynch. We are delighted to showcase Lynch’s artwork in our Frank Furness building—the very place where his darkly human, body-centric artistic vision took hold almost five decades ago,” says Harry Philbrick, PAFA’s Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum.

Born in Missoula, MT in 1946, Lynch attended PAFA from January 1966 until the summer of 1967, where he studied painting. At PAFA, Lynch studied with Leon Kelly, Julian Levi, Elizabeth Osborne, Morris Blackburn and Hobson Pittman, whose weekly critique sessions were significant to Lynch’s artistic development. Lynch was drawn to the supportive community of students at PAFA, and his social circle included artists Buffy Beardsley, Robert Chadwick,

Murray Dessner, Jack Fisk, Tom Hatton, James Havard, Roger Lapelle, Noel Mahaffey, Virginia Maitland, Christine McGinnis, Eo Omwake, Tom Palmore, Peggy Reavey, Bruce Samuelson, Frank Skillman, poet C. K. Williams, and others.

While at PAFA, Lynch had an experience that led him to filmmaking. One night in 1967 as he was working in his studio, Lynch recalled, “I’m looking at the painting and fromthe painting came a wind. And the painting began to move. Two things: a wind came from the painting and the painting began to move. And I’m looking at this and hearing this and I say, ‘Oh, a moving painting.’ And that was it.” This inspired Lynch’s first project in film. Using a 16-mm wind-up camera, he produced a one-minute animated film related to his contemporary drawings and paintings that he projected at a sculpted screen bearing relief casts of his body. This multimedia installation, titled Six Men Getting Sick, brought together painting, sculpture, sound, film, and installation. The work won PAFA’s second annual Dr. William S. Biddle Cadwalader Memorial Prize, and opened Lynch up to the possibilities of filmmaking. By 1967, he had decided not to return to PAFA, instead planning to pursue film studies. His subsequent shorts, The Alphabet (1968) and The Grandmother (1970) combined animation and live action and were made in Philadelphia.

In 1970, Lynch moved to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking at the American Film Institute Conservatory. He went on to become internationally acclaimed as the director of films such as Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006), as well as the groundbreaking TV series, Twin Peaks (1990). In recent years, Lynch has initiated internet-based projects and recorded original music. Throughout his career, Lynch has continued to work as a visual artist and has maintained a devoted studio practice.

Among the qualities of Lynch’s work that will be explored in The Unified Field is his ability to suggest infinite potential in a paused narrative. Many works present a tense, mysterious scenario suspended in the course of a story. In many cases, Lynch combines the human body with “organic phenomena” out of scale, in unlikely combinations, and embedded in the materiality of paint. Dark humor, often introduced through the inclusion of text, permeates much of the work. Lynch’s ability to suggest the emotional intensity of his subject matter through paint textures, surface effects, and physical traces of his hand, brings intimacy and empathy to even the most disturbing narratives. Images of domesticity and pictographic depictions of the “house” are also recurring motifs in much of Lynch’s work on view at PAFA.

The Unified Field will present a room devoted to Six Men Getting Sick, staged as it was originally presented in 1967, along with related drawings. The exhibition will include a selection of short films made while Lynch was living in Philadelphia shown continuously within the installation. In addition to The Alphabet and The Grandmother, this program will include a rarely seen group of 16-mm experiments and the previously unscreened film made at the opening of James Havard’s Crayola exhibition at Dianne Vanderlip Gallery in Philadelphia (1967).

PAFA Senior Curator and curator of the exhibition, Robert Cozzolino, says that, “Throughout his career, Lynch has maintained that in Philadelphia ‘something clicked.’ Philadelphia was a dark and dangerous place, but it also fueled immense creativity for him. Lynch has said that the biggest inspiration of his life was the city of Philadelphia. The industrial ruins, urban decay and strange visual juxtapositions Lynch experienced in the city struck him as beautiful because of, rather than despite, the emptiness and horror.”

David Lynch: The Unified Field will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with texts by PAFA curator Robert Cozzolino, Susan Felleman, Professor of Art History and Film and Media Studies at the University of South Carolina, and Tom Gunning, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Art History, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago. A comprehensive chronology by PAFA curatorial assistant Alethea Rockwell will appear in the volume, making it invaluable for future work on Lynch’s visual art.


Posted by tammyduffy at 12:01 AM EDT
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Eiko: A Body in Places
Eiko: A Body in Places


A two-part collaboration with performance artist Eiko to take place at Philadelphia 30th Street Station and at PAFA, beginning October 3, 2014
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) announces a collaboration with performance artist Eiko to present A Body in Places, which consists of two related works: A Body in a Station and A Body in Fukushima, beginning October 3, 2014.
A four-part series of three-hour performances conceived and performed by Eiko, A Body in a Station will take place in two waiting terminals of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, on October 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2014. The four performance times will be staggered so that Eiko will be exposed to different groups of people at the station. As there will be exactly one week between the end of one performance and the beginning of the next, Eiko will examine how each performance affects and is affected by living everyday life between the performances. This is the first time Eiko (of acclaimed performance artist duo Eiko & Koma) will take on a solo performance.
“PAFA is thrilled to follow up on our successful collaboration with Amtrak last spring when we presented KAWS’ monumental PASSING THROUGH sculpture at 30th Street Station. Eiko’s performances brilliantly link PAFA’s long commitment to the human body in art with a rich contemporary performance tradition. Her works, both at PAFA and at 30th Street, are a poignant reminder of the power and the fragility of the human body and spirit,” says Harry Philbrick, the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum.
From October 3, 2014 to April 5, 2015, PAFA will host A Body in Fukushima in the Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building, an exhibition of still photographs by William Johnston of Eiko performing in radically different terminals – the abandoned rail stations in Fukushima, Japan.
The exhibition shows selected photographs taken during two visits made by Eiko and Johnston in January and July 2014 to the irradiated communities that were evacuated in 2011 after the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plants suffered massive damage in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami. The plants’ explosions released a high volume of radiation into the surrounding area and beyond. The damaged facilities continue to emit radiation, and the cleaning process is slow and difficult, leaving the surrounding towns utterly desolate. Eiko and Johnston traveled through areas that have only recently been opened to daytime visitors, following the path of a train line where the service has been discontinued. Many of the train stations were partially or completely destroyed or contaminated by radiation.
“I am scared but excited about performing alone for as many as twelve hours at a train station. I have never dreamt of being a soloist before,” says Eiko. “I saw that people at 30th Street Station are alone, going somewhere or waiting to go somewhere. Many are busy with cell phones. Sitting in the train station, I had an epiphany. I want to perform here alone. I want to exchange a gaze with viewers. A simple set. An odd, but beautiful costume. A body and mind very exposed…I want to embody the sense of nakedness, feebleness of a human and the solitude of an artist.”
Through A Body in Places, Eiko seeks to establish her own body as a link between vastly different stations. Her body becomes a conduit between Philadelphia and the radiation-devastated Fukushima, as well as between PAFA’s galleries and 30th Street Station.
Eiko Performance Schedule at 30th Street Station:
October 3: 12-3 p.m., Main Waiting Room 
October 10: 3-6 p.m., North Waiting Room
October 17: 6-9 p.m., North Waiting Room
       •       October 24: 9 p.m.-12 a.m., Main Waiting Room
Eiko’s work in Philadelphia has been made possible by a Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Creation of A Body in a Station and the associated photo exhibition, A Body in Fukushima, has been supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program; the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts; Dorris Duke Performing Artist Award; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Posted by tammyduffy at 7:23 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 9 October 2014 7:25 PM EDT
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Shop Chic and Raise Money for Breast Cancer


 Shop Chic and Raise Money for Breast Cancer


By Tammy Duffy 







October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. This is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

This evening Lord and Taylor at the Quaker Bridge Mall did an amazing event focused on breast cancer awareness.  People who attended the event had the chance to support one or more of the 10 non-profits listed below AND also take advantage of UNIQUE savings exclusively on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 ONLY!


This event was an interactive and fun filled event.  Every purchased made went to the charities .....ever cent! So one did not feel bad about buying anything. They had so much to do and great food......just fabulous! The heartfelt time that everyone donated for free was amazing. What people did for others was a beautiful representation of love in the community. 

2014 Selected Non-Profits

• The Arc Mercer Foundation  
• Boheme Opera Company, Inc 
• Young Scholars’ Institute 
• Anchor House, Inc 
• YWCA Princeton Cancer Resource Center 

• Rider University 

• American Lung Association 
• Lawrence Township Education Foundation 
• American Cancer Society
• Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary Club 

Each non-profit are selling $5 coupon books of which, 100% is donated to their cause! 


 Regular and Sale Priced Merchandise Storewide! Very limited exclusions! 
• 10% off Cosmetics and Fragrances! 
• (2) 25% off Bonus Cards – Your choice of one Regular or Sale priced Item – again very limited exclusions! (So save big and buy more than one coupon book!)
• ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE…use your Lord & Taylor credit card and get an extra 10% off your entire purchase! 


All day there were festivities in the store from 9am – 11pm at night! 

Kid’s Activities * Live Music * Sample local Restaurants * Meet Lord & Taylor Vendor Reps
Makeovers *In-store Fashion Show *Strolling Entertainment


Click below to see photos from the event 



Click below to see a video of the boheme opera cast performing at the event this evening 



Posted by tammyduffy at 11:18 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 7 October 2014 11:19 PM EDT
Monday, 6 October 2014
When being proactive can save a life




 When being proactive can save a life



Why did they wait?


 By Tammy Duffy


From mid-August to October 6, 2014, CDC and state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 538 people in 43 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. 

" On August 19, 2014, CDC was notified by Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, of an increase (relative to the same period in previous years) in patients examined and hospitalized with severe respiratory illness, including some admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit. An increase also was noted in detections of  rhinovirus/enterovirus by a multiplex polymerase chain reaction assay in nasopharyngeal specimens obtained during August 5–19. On August 23, CDC was notified by the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital in Illinois of an increase in patients similar to those seen in Kansas City. To further characterize these two geographically distinct observations, nasopharyngeal specimens from most of the patients with recent onset of severe symptoms from both facilities were sequenced by the CDC Picornavirus Laboratory.


Enterovirus D68* (EV-D68) was identified in 19 of 22 specimens from Kansas City and in 11 of 14 specimens from Chicago. Since these initial reports, admissions for severe respiratory illness have continued at both facilities at rates higher than expected for this time of year. Investigations into suspected clusters in other jurisdictions are ongoing.


Of the 19 patients from Kansas City in whom EV-D68 was confirmed, 10 (53%) were male, and ages ranged from 6 weeks to 16 years (median = 4 years). Thirteen patients (68%) had a previous history of asthma or wheezing, and six patients (32%) had no underlying respiratory illness. All patients had difficulty breathing and hypoxemia, and four (21%) also had wheezing. Notably, only five patients (26%) were febrile. All patients were admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit, and four required bilevel positive airway pressure ventilation. Chest radiographs showed perihilar infiltrates, often with atelectasis. Neither chest radiographs nor blood cultures were consistent with bacterial coinfection.


Of the 11 patients from Chicago in whom EV-D68 was confirmed, nine patients were female, and ages ranged from 20 months to 15 years (median = 5 years). Eight patients (73%) had a previous history of asthma or wheezing. Notably, only two patients (18%) were febrile. Ten patients were admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit for respiratory distress; two required mechanical ventilation (one of whom also received extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), and two required bilevel positive airway pressure ventilation.


Enteroviruses are associated with various clinical symptoms, including mild respiratory illness, febrile rash illness, and neurologic illness, such as aseptic meningitis and encephalitis. EV-D68, however, primarily causes respiratory illness (1), although the full spectrum of disease remains unclear. EV-D68 is identified using molecular techniques at a limited number of laboratories in the United States. Enterovirus infections, including EV-D68, are not reportable, but laboratory detections of enterovirus and parechovirus types are reported voluntarily to the National Enterovirus Surveillance System, which is managed by CDC. Participating laboratories are encouraged to report monthly summaries of virus type, specimen type, and collection date." (Source:CDC)


The first case of EV-D68 in NJ was not reported until September 17,2014. A full month after the virus showed itself to the USA.  It should have been no surprise for the township of Hamilton that Enterovirus D68 could touch its residents. Unfortunately, it appears to be been a total surprise for them. It was not until the death of Eli did the school district and Health Department implement rigorous cleaning of the school.  At a press conference this weekend when the Township of Hamilton leadership was asked did they go into the community to see where Eli could have gotten the virus, they responded with, ”Its not part of our procedure to do that.”  There is no documented evidence that Eli got Ev-D68 at the school. He could have gotten it at a restaurant, a movie theater, a daycare, a public restroom anywhere.  The virus according to Mr. Plunket can live on surfaces for 24 hours.


There have only been robocalls sent to the parents of local schools, not all the schools and not to all the residents. This is quite disturbing due to the fact there should be information shared with the entire community. There needs to be a vigilance. How does the township robocaller know that I have not been babysitting a kid who goes to the school for a month. If I am not called as well as a resident of the community, I would not know what is going on unless I am watching the news. This is not the way this information should be shared with the community.

EV D68 is NOT just a childhood disease. Adults, teenagers and children can fall victim to this virus. It is absolutely imperative that EVERYONE is vigilant with cleaning, how we interact with others, how we observe each others and react to those observations and how we sneeze and cough. Adults CAN get it (however adults do build up an immunity once you get it as an adult) and give it to their own kids, teenagers, etc. It is NOT just a disease that kids get. If you or your kids are asthmatic or have compromised immune systems in some way, you much be extra vigilant. I spoke with Senator Greenstein last evening and she will be setting up a meeting with the health department to offer her assistance to remove obstacles for them. I hope the normal bipartisan agendas that exist by the leadership can be put aside and they allow her to help. At the press conference last evening they refused to even acknowledge and announce her presence at the meeting.  There is no doubt the family members there would have loved to know that the Honorable US Senator, Linda Greenstein was in the audience.  There to support them. The township leadership also did this at the inauguration of the mayor, they chose to only announce the loser of the senate race and not Honorable Greenstein when she was sitting just two rows behind him. .


From the press conferences it appears that the township did not implement rigorous cleaning until after Eli died. They should have implemented this when the epidemic started to amplify and present itself in the US. With that said, we all need to use the tools we have from the CDC to ensure we do not get our kids, nephews, nieces, grandkids sick.  This website is filled with information to help you stay safe this season.



The virus can live on surfaces for 24 hours. You MUST clean surfaces, businesses must clean their surfaces, daycare centers, everywhere in order to combat this disease.


There is no proof that Eli (the boy who died) got EV-D68 at school. It is not part of the township protocol to go into the community when there is an outbreak to address the community.  They stated this at a press conference this weekend. They only have focused on the school.  At last evenings meeting a bus driver in the township shared that they have not been given any cleaning procedures for the buses. She has been a bus driver for 8 years. Children of all ages ride the buses. So, kids that have the virus can get on the bus (the buses are used for ALL schools and grades and remember I said it lives for 24 hours) so the kids can get it from the bus.  Dr. Parla promised to send to the bus companies this morning a procedure to clean the buses. Why this was not done weeks ago is anyone’s guess.


Everyone must wash their hands with soap.  Hand sanitizer, DOES NOT WORK ON THIS VIRUS! We are only half way through this season for this virus so it's VERY important that we all become rather OCD with hand washing. That is the only thing that works and keep your surfaces clean. There are recommendations by the CDC on how to do that. Use the link I placed in this article.


.So, one can only think, if there were proactive measures in place when this virus started in August 2014, would little Eli still be alive? We will never know the answer to that.


Hug your kids and keep them healthy.


Posted by tammyduffy at 8:12 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 6 October 2014 11:15 AM EDT
Saturday, 4 October 2014


Mafalda’s to Host Legendary Entertainer Barbara Trent





By Tammy Duffy 


Mafalda’s restaurant located at 3681 Nottingham Way in Hamilton, NJ success story continues. They were recently awarded the catering contracts for the Elks in Hamilton as well as the Nottingham Ballroom. It’ no wonder. for their menu and unique platters are a culinary delight.  They  continue to work with the community and recognize the extreme talent that exists within our home town. They now will have a legend performing at the restaurant every Wednesday night starting Oct 8, 2014.


For decades central New Jersey jazz lovers flocked to hear legendary area pianist Barbara Trent play and sing standards. The performer connected with her fans — lovers of romance and memories in ways that inspired them to seek her out after years and years. The 75-year-old musician just ended a five-year stay at the Centre Bridge Inn (in New Hope, Pennsylvania).


In the month of October, starting Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 the legendary Barbara Trent will be performing at Mafalda’s.  The legend will perform every Wednesday’s at Mafalda’s from 6-9pm. It is recommended that you make reservations to ensure you can get a seat. Reservations can be made by calling 609-587-5800. There will be a special dinner menu during the performances and the restaurant is BYOB.


Music is a family tradition for Trent. Her father, William Trent, studied at Juilliard before settling in Harlem and performing in churches. About the uncanny similarity with the name of the acknowledged 17th century founder of the City of Trenton, Barbara Trent says her father’s family was from Richmond, Virginia, where the historical William Trent (son of the founding Trent) had a military career during the French and Indian War.


Barbara Trent has been a major figure in the Trenton area music scene for over 5 decades.  Her singing never fails to touch the heart and soul of her listeners in very personal ways.  Her vast repertory of songs all center on her personal theme. Love is what it’s all about!


Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 from 6 to 9pm  is the first concert, don’t miss it!

Posted by tammyduffy at 8:32 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 4 October 2014 8:41 PM EDT
The Evolution of Modern Sports through the Eyes of 19th-Century French Artists

The Evolution of Modern Sports through the Eyes of 19th-Century French Artists






Drink more protein! Get some fresh air! Visit the employee gym! This is not advice from your favorite morning show or fitness magazine, but social messages promoted by artists in the new exhibition Sports and Recreation in France, 1840-1900 at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers. As Rutgers enters its first season of competition in the Big Ten, the Zimmerli visits late 19th-century France for a glimpse at the origins of how we perceive sports today. On view through January 11, 2015, the exhibition of prints, drawings, photographs, and posters by some of the era’s most recognized artists – Jules Cherét, Honoré Daumier, Hermann-Paul, and Édouard Vuillard – reveals the 19th century’s burgeoning interest in competitive and recreational sports, an interest now ubiquitous in our lives and in today’s print and live media. 


“Artists played a significant role in chronicling fin-de-siècle Paris. And they embraced the growing culture of sports, exploring new approaches to portraying the human body, as well as documenting contemporary life,” explains Christine Giviskos, Associate Curator of European Art, who organized the exhibition, which is drawn from the Zimmerli’s extensive permanent collection of works on paper. “Trends that started 150 years ago continue today with ‘meetup’ sports and recreation clubs, as well as attempts to garner women as participants and spectators.”


Athletic endeavors historically had been the purview of the aristocracy in France. But over the course of the 1800s, the growing middle class sought more opportunities to participate, given their increased leisure time. In addition, following France’s loss of the Franco-Prussian War (attributed, in part, to its troops’ inferior physical abilities during this 1870-71 conflict), the country instituted a national agenda that encouraged all citizens to become more physically fit. Mandatory physical education in schools and employer-sponsored fencing halls were among the initiatives that stressed the social and physical benefit of sports.



Alexandre Lunois documented trends of the era in his 1898 lithograph La Partie de Volant (Lawn Tennis). An alternative to croquet (which had developed a questionable reputation because of illicit activities that accompanied some matches), lawn tennis became popular on private estates, as well as at public parks, increasing appeal across economic and social classes. This work also underscores the appeal of the game to women, who began to venture out more by themselves and deemed certain sporting activities as “safe.”


As fencing began to gain more attention, artists portrayed amateurs and competitors. During the 1880s, several Parisian department stores and newspapers maintained fencing halls for their employees, a benefit similar to onsite fitness centers at large companies today. In 1908, Francisque Poulbot created a series of illustrations for an 1893 collection of vignettes that satirized office bureaucracy, Messieurs les Ronds de Cuir (The Pencil-Pushers) by Georges Courteline. Here, Poulbot shows two government functionaries, Douzéphir and Gripothe, practicing in an empty storage room. Well-known illustrator Hermann-Paul also documented this growing popularity with Tournoi Franco-Italien (French-Italian Tournament), a poster that publicized the event held in December 1895. According the extensive commentary in the Parisian press, it drew large crowds and inspired much debate about the relative superiority between the two national fencing styles.    


Circus culture also flourished in Paris during the late 19th century – and with it, celebrity culture. By the 1890s, these spectacles were recognized as innovative performance art and respected on the same level as traditional theater. The performers were also lauded for their athletic abilities. One of the famous personalities of the era was Miss Lala, an acrobat at the Cirque Fernando, a permanent circus located on the edge of Montmartre. A staged studio photograph, from the 1880s or 1890s by an unknown photographer, emphasizes her gymnast-like physique. This portrait showing her standing firmly on the ground is also an interesting contrast to her signature feat: the Iron Jaw. In this traditional aerial circus act, the performer gracefully swings from the trapeze supported by only a bit clamped between the teeth, seeming to dance in midair.


Artists also celebrated cycling, a subject that lent itself to their talents spanning fine art, graphic design, and advertising. The increasing popularity of the sport was evident in the development of velodromes (arenas with tracks for racing) across England and France during the 1880s and 1890s, as well as the first Tour de France in 1903. It also appealed to women, giving them a sense of freedom. Hermann-Paul’s 1896 lithograph Artistic Cycle Club, which included many members from the theater community, shows a rider fully dressed in the fashions of the time, leisurely walking her bike. The painter and printmaker Édouard Vuillard – who was well-known as a designer in the Parisian theater realm – chose an angle that is familiar today: sports merchandise. His poster La Bécane (1894) depicts a bicycle race in progress and declares that “Cyclists take Bécane, a restorative meat-based elixir.” Gladiator Bicycle Poster, by an unknown artist from around 1895, also serves as an advertisement, with a collage of professional racers from the era promoting the Gladiator Bicycle Company, which also manufactured motorcycles and early models of motorcars during the first two decades of the new century.


Organized by Christine Giviskos, Associate Curator of European Art, with the assistance of Sara Green, Summer 2014 International Fine Prints Dealers Association (IFPDA) Foundation Intern.  The Zimmerli Art Museum’s Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts is grateful to the IFPDA Foundation for the award of one of its inaugural grants funding a museum internship focused on prints.



Posted by tammyduffy at 7:54 AM EDT

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