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Sunday, 20 December 2015
Lord and Taylor Hosts BCI for 3 Day Fur Trunk Show

 Lord and Taylor Hosts BCI for 3 Day  Fur Trunk Show



Lord and Taylor hosted BC International Group, Inc at the Quaker Bridge Mall this weekend and their first ever fur trunk show. BCI was established in February of 1993. Since its inception, BCI has become the world's largest fur retailer with over 120 full service fur salons nationwide. BCI operates as a leased space retailer within major department stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Lord and Taylor.
Customers who attended this trunk show got to see some of the newest styles in fur fashion.  Prices ranged from $300 to $10,000 at the event. Fox, Sable, Mink, Rabbit coats, vests, reversibles and accessories were among the types of fur and styles at the event.



Posted by tammyduffy at 7:28 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 20 December 2015 7:45 PM EST
Saturday, 19 December 2015
Sizzling Dialogue Takes Family Dysfunction to New Levels in ‘August: Osage County’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Jan. 8 to 17


 Sizzling Dialogue Takes Family Dysfunction to New Levels in ‘August: Osage County’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Jan. 8 to 17


 Kelsey Theatre kicks off the new year with a serious family drama that finds humor in even the most fraught moments.  PinnWorth Productions presents Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “August: Osage County,” on Fridays, Jan. 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan. 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Jan. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Jan. 8. 

The Westons are, simply put, a dysfunctional family: parents who have given up on each other, siblings with long simmering resentments, and a whole range of communication problems with just about anyone related to their clan. 
“It’s one part ‘All in the Family’ and one part ‘Medea’ [the ancient Greek tragedy],” said PinnWorth Productions’ LouJ Stalsworth, the show’s producer and director.  “I’ve been fortunate to cast some of Central Jersey’s best talent as the Weston family – a group of women who puts the fun into dysfunctional.” 
The cast stars Sari Ruskin of Princeton as Violet, the acid-tongued, pill-popping mother to sisters Barbara, Ivy and Karen, played by Laurie Hardy of Hamilton, Sally Page of Princeton, and Kyla Marie Mostello Donnelly of Levittown, Pa., respectively. 
According to Stalsworth, the script won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for good reason. “It has the best dialogue since ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf.’  With equal parts deep anger and shocking bluntness, it’s laughable dark humor.  And while it translated wonderfully to the big screen with a cast that included Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, I think the stage version is even better,” he said.
The cast also features Joe Comengo of Moorestown as Bill Fordham; Jaci D'Ulisse of Trenton as Johnna Monevata; Rachel Lemos of Lawrenceville as Jean Fordham; Jon Heron of Monroe as Charles Aiken; Roman Sohor of Manalapan as Little Charles Aiken; Zach Abraham of Highland Park as Sheriff Deon Gilbeau; and Sean McGrath of Churchville, Pa., as Bev Weston. 
In addition to Stalsworth, the production team includes set and costume designer Kate Pinner, and sound and lighting designer Robert Terrano. Nicole Schulnick is stage manager. 
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, and $14 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.  For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

Posted by tammyduffy at 7:15 AM EST
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Nutcracker at MCCC



The Nutcracker" Caps Off Holiday Season at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Dec. 18-20
 Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre caps off the holiday season with a festive annual treat.  The New Jersey Youth Ballet presents its original hour-long, narrated adaptation of "The Nutcracker" ballet on Friday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Dancers in full costume will perform to the famous Tchaikovsky score as they transport audiences to The Land of the Sweets.  According to NJ Youth Ballet, this abridged version of The Nutcracker is one that even the youngest children can enjoy.  The ballet is danced almost entirely by children and teens.  Dolls and sweets come to life, mice and toy soldiers do battle, and snowflakes dance in a beautiful snow covered forest. 
Tickets are $16 for adults, and $14 for seniors, students and children. They may be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or ordered online at www.kelseytheatre.net.
Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  The theater is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available next to the theater. 

Posted by tammyduffy at 7:23 PM EST
FUR Trunk Sale


Fur Trunk Show
Lord and Taylor
Quakerbridge Mall
Lawrenceville, NJ 


Thursday, Dec. 17 thru Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
150 Items
Furs will be located in Contemporary Zone



Posted by tammyduffy at 7:05 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 8 December 2015 7:25 PM EST
Friday, 4 December 2015










From gorgeous gowns to breathtaking fragrance, nothing is too beautiful for Christian Dior. Carlos Olmeda, make-up artist for Dior, shared his expertise with women at Lord and Taylor at the Quaker Bridge Mall today. 


Carlos shared his same passions for enhancing a women's natural beauty. He provided clients with knowledgeable advice on how they can enhance and nourish the skin, so it always looks it's best. With over a decade of working with color and known for his belief that makeup should look effortless, Carlos loves teaching women how to be even more beautiful.


Today, Carlos taught women about many of the exclusive products by Dior. Some of the products he used were:


Instant Cleansing Water with Pure Lily Extract: At the heart of Dior's cleansers performance are 3 voluptuous and tender flowers that deliver their benefits in the first step of the skincare ritual.  Dior has selected fortifying pure lily to meet the requirements of all skin types.  The instant cleansing water eliminates all types of makeup in a single step. Gently unveiled, the skin is perfectly clean, supple and smooth. 


One Essential: One Essential combats the toxins by reinvigorating the elimination process* in order to restore the skin's luminosity. A three-dimensional action: 
detoxifies: it continuously eliminates toxins* and frees the flow of energy at the heart of the skin.  It regenerates and energizes: it optimizes the correct functioning of cells. It boosts by up to 4 times the effectiveness of ingredients* of your usual, subsequently applied skincare.  This fresh, air-whipped and slightly pinkish texture revives the complexion and instantly infuses it with radiance, without a pearlescent or tightening effect, nor a greasy feel. 


City Defense: This is an invisible revolutionary shield that offers unequaled skin protection against toxins.  Thanks to a triple anti-pollution action—anti-adhesion, anti-penetration, and anti-oxidization—and powerful UVA/UVB filters, your skin is protected for up to eight hours. It works great as a makeup base, refreshes skin, and delivers youthful-looking radiance. 


Carlos also taught women how to make their eyes look more rested. By using a brow pencil lightly fill in the brow, be natural with your approach. Draw by the arch and the medial aspect of the brow (closest to the eye). Then place Dior's eye primer on the lid. This product neutralizes the veins on your lid. Next, apply Fantasie neutral eye shadow cream over the primer. This will give you eyes a very relaxed look.


Blackout Mascara: Gives your lashes a little more oomph and a lot more drama. This product is 15 times darker than other products on the market. Intensified by ultra-black, kohl pigments, the formula glides on smoothly and draws each lash out to show-stopping lengths. Wear it alone, or layer it over Diorshow to glamour-eyes in an instant! It envelopes the lash to give it more intensity.  Diorshow is a natural velvet texture mascara with a full brush. It is flake free formula allows you to use blue or purple mascara with your brown or green eyes and look magnificent.  If you eyes are blue Diorshow comes in brown. 


If one wants to add a little more sophistication to your everyday eyes use a glow maximizer around the eye contour and cheekbone. Also, by using a blue eyeliner (with brown or green eyes) with a purple shadow on top of the line, this will enhance a woman's natural features.  To add some more zest to a holiday evening, add some gold and or silver shimmer to your eyelids and lips.


Carlos shares Mr. Dior's passion to enhance a person’s natural beauty. He provides clients with knowledgeable advice on how they can enhance and nourish the skin, so it always looks it's best. With over a decade of working with color and known for his belief that makeup should look effortless, Carlos loves teaching women how to be even more beautiful.


Posted by tammyduffy at 9:39 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 5 December 2015 3:12 AM EST
Wednesday, 2 December 2015




Every second, there is an enormous number of animals suffering pain worse than you or I could ever imagine, throughout the world at the hands of humans.


Because animals do not have language that is understood by humans, they cannot make complaints, or sue anyone (they would be taken far more notice of then).  Even though animals obviously feel fear and pain, just like humans, sentences for animal abuse do not reflect that. They are extremely lenient and not at all a deterrent or just.


Pet owners and non-pet owners alike have their dander up over a new law that went into effect in the Garden State. New Jersey police can stop a vehicle with an improperly restrained pet and issue a ticket ranging from $250-$1,000 and be subjected to a disorderly conduct offense under animal-cruelty laws. Fines for humans not being properly restrained are $46, according to a New Jersey government website.


Unrestrained pets can be a distraction to drivers, just like cell phone use, adjusting the radio, eating, applying cosmetics, and many other non-driving related activities that many of us regularly engage in.  Not only can pets distract drivers, a pet can be injured or lost during the chaos of an accident. Restraining our pet just makes sense...for pets and their people.

New Jersey takes pet restraints very seriously.   The New Jersey statute 4:22-18 as well as the statute which spells out the penalty, 4:22-17 is very specific. 


In the release by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty, a driver can be cited for each animal that is not properly restrained. That means that if you have four dogs running loose in your car and are stopped,  it can quickly become an expensive trip or a trip to jail.


Depending on how this law is interpreted and enforced, drivers in New Jersey should be weary.  Even though police officers may not be expressly targeting drivers to cite them for a cruelty to animals offense resulting from an non-restrained animal, officers certainly may write that expensive ticket when they have you pulled over for something else.  It may end up being in your best (and money saving) interests to bite the bullet and purchase a pet restraint.


The law reads:


4:22-18. Carrying animal in cruel, inhumane manner; disorderly persons offense

4:22-18. A person who shall carry, or cause to be carried, a living animal or creature in or upon a vehicle or otherwise, in a cruel or inhumane manner, shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense and punished as provided in subsection a. of R.S.4:22-17.


4:22-17. Cruelty; disorderly persons offense; certain acts, crimes; degrees.

[a person who is guilty of cruelty]… Shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense, and notwithstanding the provisions of N.J.S.2C:43-3 to the contrary, for every such offense shall be fined not less than $250 nor more than $1,000, or be imprisoned for a term of not more than six months, or both, in the discretion of the court. A violator of this subsection shall also be subject to the provisions of subsection c. and, if appropriate, subsection d. of this section.


b.     A person who shall purposely, knowingly, or recklessly:

…Shall be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

If the animal or creature is cruelly killed or dies as a result of a violation of this subsection, or the person has a prior conviction for a violation of this subsection, the person shall be guilty of a crime of the third degree.

A violator of this subsection shall also be subject to the provisions of subsection c. and, if appropriate, subsection d. of this section.


c.     For a violation of subsection a. or b. of this section, in addition to imposing any other appropriate penalties established for a crime of the third degree, crime of the fourth degree, or disorderly persons offense, as the case may be, pursuant to Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, the court shall impose a term of community service of up to 30 days, and may direct that the term of community service be served in providing assistance to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a district (county) society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or any other recognized organization concerned with the prevention of cruelty to animals or the humane treatment and care of animals, or to a municipality’s animal control or animal population control program. The court also may require the violator to pay restitution or otherwise reimburse any costs for food, drink, shelter, or veterinary care or treatment, or other costs, incurred by any agency, entity, or organization investigating the violation, including but not limited to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a district (county) society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, any other recognized organization concerned with the prevention of cruelty to animals or the humane treatment and care of animals, or a local or State governmental entity.


d.     If a juvenile is adjudicated delinquent for an act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute a disorderly persons offense pursuant to subsection a. of this section or a crime of the third degree or crime of the fourth degree pursuant to subsection b. of this section, the court also shall order the juvenile to receive mental health counseling by a licensed psychologist or therapist named by the court for a period of time to be prescribed by the licensed psychologist or therapist.


In a recent article in the Hamilton Post, Dec 2015 issue, journalist Rob Anthes, wrote an article entitled, A Day With The Mayor. This article spanned four pages of the newspaper. The Mayor of Hamilton stated to Rob that they would have a special guest on their 2 hour car ride through the township. The special guest was one of the shelter animals, Ozzie. During their two hour tour of the township, Ozzie was not restrained in the vehicle. This is against the law. It is a pure example of animal cruelty as per the NJ statutes.

It was reported in the article, "THUNK! We had hit a bump, and Ozzy-who just decided to get comfortable, flopped off the backseat onto the floor."  The dog decided to remain on the floor after being thrown from the seat.


One can only question how an elected official, who is a pet owner; and claims to be a lover of pets, would not be aware of the laws that exist in the State of New Jersey.  However, this is the same elected official who nicknamed their town the Big H when simultaneously a heroin epidemic has been running occuring.  The Big H as everyone knows is the street name for heroin. We will give the journalist a pass for his lack of knowledge on this very important law. However, he has been educated on the statute now. The elected official should not be given a pass.  

When we contacted the Hamilton Animal shelter a representative at the shelter said," I saw OZZIE today, he is fine."  Did Ozzie speak and tell the shelter representative that he did not get hurt, that he was not bruised or upset by the event. Ozzie cannot speak, That is why as adults we must protect our furry friends from those who could do them hard. For anyone to think this is appropriate to do to any animal, yet a shelter animal is just criminal. Many municipalities in the county and elsewhere, as well as rescue non profits,  mandate that a restraining device must be present in order to take an animal from the facility. The township could not share their policy on this matter. This is the same animal shelter that has the highest death/kill rate in the county.


Any pet owner that allows their pets to have free rein inside their vehicle can be dangerous to them, the pet, and everyone else on the road. As a responsible owner, it’s best to restrain them in the car. Hence, why the state of NJ has expanded on their animal cruelty laws.


The logic behind the laws are as follows:


Your dog becomes a projectile in a car accident: The sad truth is that your 60-pound best friend basically becomes a 2,100 pound wrecking ball if you have a collision at 35 miles per hour, and their momentum can injure anyone around. What’s worse is that the higher the speed or the heavier your dog, the worse the impact would be for them, for you, or for your passengers.


A loose pet is dangerously distracting: Fido, Kitty or any other critter running loose in your vehicle is as dangerous as texting while driving. And their adorable (but unrestrained) antics could subject you to the law for distracted driving – which can be pretty harsh in some states. A dog in your lap can cause interference with your steering or block your vision. And, if she crawls under the pedals, she could hinder your ability to apply the gas or hit the brakes.


Pets may pose a threat to first responders: In a car wreck, injured or frightened pets may lash out and bite people that approach the car – including paramedics. Their instincts may drive them to protect themselves and you, hindering emergency personnel from helping anyone inside the vehicle – especially if they’re loose and snapping at anyone that comes close. If your dog bites emergency personnel, the protocol is for first responders to tend to their colleagues’ injury before anyone else, which could leave you in the lurch for some time if you’re also injured.


Your dog is a legal (and financial) responsibility: Dogs act unpredictably when they’re frightened or injured, and it’s possible that they could escape the car and bite someone attempting to rescue them. Even in an accident, you could be held responsible under the strict liability statutes imposed by many states that say owners are responsible for injuries caused by their dog, whether or not the owner knew or had reason to know the dog was dangerous.


They can cause secondary injuries: If your dog is unrestrained, they can escape after a car wreck and cause a secondary accident when a car tries to swerve to keep from striking them – making a horrible situation worse. And, the damages from this type of accident may not be covered by your insurance carrier.


Several states, N. J. being one of them, have enacted laws that require pets to be restrained when riding in vehicles. The goal of these laws aren’t to save pet’s lives, but it will have a happy result – the pet owners, the pets, and everyone else on the road will be safer. Lawmakers put them in place because they consider driving with a pet on your lap or with them unrestrained in the car to be similar to texting and driving or driving while intoxicated.


New Jersey – New Jersey police officers can stop drivers anytime they believe that an animal is being improperly transported. The law forbids dogs from hanging out of windows (and also riding in the beds of pickup trucks). Motorists are required to properly restrain their pets, which in the state of New Jersey means that they need to be buckled up with restraints specifically designed for pets, or safely stowed in a pet crate. The fines are steep, too, with a price tag of $250 to $1,000 – and drivers could potentially face charges under animal cruelty laws.


Arizona, Connecticut and Maine – distracted driving statutes can be used to charge drivers who are observed driving with pets in their laps.

Hawaii – Laws strictly forbids individuals from holding a pet in their lap while driving.

Rhode Island – State Representative (D) Peter Palumbo introduced legislation in 2013 that he hopes will make driving with a pet in your lap a distracted driving violation in Rhode Island.


The rest of the family wears a seat belt, and this family member needs one, too! A  good fitting seat belt can restrain your pup and keep him from hitting his head or body on the hard interior of the car, or from flying out of the car if there is a collision or you have to slam on your brakes. Also, it may be fun to watch your dog stick its head out the window–not so fun when his eyes or face are hit by debris or insects. The seat belt will keep them secure and you can crack the window, so they can still see the sights and smell all that amazing “stuff.”


A dog seat belt is made of adjustable straps that fit all varieties of dogs. Owners can purchase different types of seat belt harnesses that wrap around a dog’s body and attach to the seat belt in your car. The safest place for a seat belted dog is in the middle back seat, so be sure to put her there. Animals in the front seat can be crushed by the airbag if it deploys in a collision.


As a responsible pet owner, you want to make sure that you restrain your animal whenever you drive – even for short trips. Unrestrained dogs can cause injuries to you and others, and can even cause secondary car accidents if your dog escapes from the car. Dogs and cats roaming loose in your car or sitting in your lap can cause you to become distracted, which can lead to a ticket or legal issues in some states such as New Jersey. You don’t want to open yourself up to the hassles of any legal liabilities or cause anyone to get hurt when you are driving with your pet, so be sure you buckle up that dog!


Do not be irresponsible and not restrain your furry loved ones. If you are an elected official, you are not above the law, you also need to abide by the laws and statutes of the state.


The FBI Just Made Animal Cruelty A Top-Tier Felony and the Reason Isn’t What You Think.  Now animal abusers could potentially face jail-time in order to set a deterrent against future like offenses.


Previously, animal cruelty was classified as “other,” making it a difficult crime to track, find and statistically count. Now, animal cruelty will be listed in a similar manner to major crimes such as assault, homicide and arson. It will divide the crime into four categories: intentional abuse and torture, simple or gross neglect, organized abuse (like dog fighting and cockfighting) and animal sexual abuse.


How does the FBI define animal cruelty?


“Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment. Included are instances of duty to provide care, e.g., shelter, food, water, care if sick or injured; transporting or confining an animal in a manner likely to cause injury or death; causing an animal to fight with another; inflicting excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering, e.g., uses objects to beat or injure an animal. This definition does not include proper maintenance of animals for show or sport; use of animals for food, lawful hunting, fishing or trapping.”


The National Sherriff's Association was a primary force behind the change, as they are firm believers that animal cruelty is a key behavioral indicator of other crimes. Pawtner-in-advocacy Animal Welface Institute, succinctly stated the benefits: “Collecting this data will enable law enforcement agencies and researchers to understand the factors associated with animal abuse.”


Additionally, this information could provide the FBI a better understanding of the factors that create violent crimes. For example, various studies have shown the link between animal cruelty and serial killers, as well as domestic abusers.  Infamous serial killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Albert De Salvo (the Boston Strangler) and David Berkowitz (the Son of Sam) notoriously all tortured and killed animals before moving on to humans.


The violent crime rates in Hamilton township have risen to record numbers in the past two years. Is one of the reasons that this is occurring because there is a complacent attitude to animal cruelty? We can only hope the Mayor is not allowed to continue to demonstrate animal cruelty to the shelter animals in the town or to her own pet that she frequently drives to the municipial building in the township. 


Posted by tammyduffy at 8:35 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 3 December 2015 6:41 AM EST
Wednesday, 25 November 2015


 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Is First Up in December at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre;
Two Other Shows Add to Merriment


Three family shows are coming to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre in December that will add to the festive holiday season. The month kicks off with a Kelsey holiday tradition. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" embraces the joy of the long-awaited midnight visit by none other than Santa. Family audiences will delight in the Kelsey Players' musical adaptation of the famous poem by Clement Moore, originally penned as a Christmas present for his children.
The show features Kris Kringle, along with his eight tiny reindeer, some remarkably talented sugar plums, and the cutest mouse in New York City. The Moore family and their neighbors will create a magical winter wonderland circa 1822 New York for audiences of all ages to enjoy. 
Performance dates and times are Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors, students and children. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The theater is an official drop-off site for the Marine's Toys for Tots annual holiday drive.  Patrons are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy in the drop box located in the Kelsey Theatre lobby.  Donations will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 14. 
The "Twas" cast stars Ken Ambs of Newtown, Pa., as Clement Moore; Diane Wargo of Ewing as Eliza Moore; Carter Erickson of Yardley, Pa., as William Moore; Abby Scatena of Robbinsville as Charity Moore; and John Costello of Hamilton Square as Mr. Kringle. 
Also featured are Jillian Ambs of Newtown, Pa., Logan Ambs of Newtown, Pa, Mason Ambs of Newtown, Pa., Jayden Anderson of Trenton, Taylor Bell of Hightstown, Alex Bischoff of Hamilton Square, Aimee Clark of Lawrenceville, Hayden Clark of Lawrenceville, Melissa Clark of Lawrenceville, Charlotte Erickson of Yardley, Pa., Bridget Godfrey of Robbinsville, Alexa Hunt of Manahawkin, Freddie Iezzo of Hamilton, Luddy Iezzo of Hamilton, Marla Iezzo of Hamilton, Mateo Iezzo of Hamilton, Makenzie Ivey of Lawrenceville, Peyton Ivey of Lawrenceville, Alexander Johnson of Hamilton, Christian Johnson of Hamilton, Quinzy McCallum of Ewing, Cameron Miller of Morrisville, Pa., Chandler Miller of Morrisville, Pa., Cameron Reardon of Cream Ridge, Leif Simonelli of Hamilton, Rilyn Szabo of Monmouth Junction, Isabel Urban of West Windsor, Tobias Urban of West Windsor, and Zachary Urban of West Windsor.
The production team includes Director Diane Wargo, Musical Director Pat Masterson, Choreographer Chelsea Wargo, Stage Manager Ginny McGowen and Assistant Stage Manager Tara Simonelli. Lighting and sound design is by Bernie McGowen and costumes are by Kate Pinner.
Next up, for two shows only, is “A Very Kelsey Christmas,” a premiere performance presented by Forté Dramatic Productions, on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Musical Director Peter de Mets presents an all-star cast of Kelsey performers in the style of a 1950s television variety show. It’s a mix of traditional, Broadway and pop favorites, plus skits and lots of cheer. Tickets are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors, and $14 for children/students.
Capping off the season is the New Jersey Youth Ballet’s original hour-long, narrated adaptation of "The Nutcracker" on Friday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dancers in full costume will perform to the famous Tchaikovsky score as they transport audiences to The Land of the Sweets. Tickets are $16 for adults, and $14 for seniors, students and children.
Tickets for all shows may be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or online at www.kelseytheatre.net  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available next to the theater. 

Posted by tammyduffy at 4:26 PM EST
Dior Event at Lord and Taylor Quakerbridge Mall







Make your appointment for you or a loved one.


Carlos Olmeda from DIOR will be coming to the Quaker Bridge Mall on Friday, Dec 4, 2015.


Get your new holiday look and learn about some of the new products by Dior.


You can make an appointment by calling 609 -799-9500 or by going to the LORD and TAYLOR Dior cosmetics counter.


Ask for Luna Jones to make your appointment. Carlos will be on site from 11am to 7pm.


When you make your appointment tell Luna your learned about this from me. ENJOY!!!!


Posted by tammyduffy at 3:52 PM EST
Saturday, 21 November 2015
Lord and Taylor Cosmetic Trend Event


 Lord and Taylor Cosmetic Trend Event


By Tammy Duffy





It was that time today, for the areas favorite cosmetics event-Trend Show, at Lord and Taylor, Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrenceville, N.J.  This event happens twice a year at the QB Mall  store. The next event is March 12, 2016.  General Manager, Garth Simpson and Candy David (Area Sales Manager for Cosmetics) coordinated yet another successful event for the ladies of Lawrenceville.


There were over 275 customers who prepaid for their $25 tickets for this event. The event commenced at 8am this morning. The women who attended  this event, were educated by 14 different cosmetic industry experts. The likes of Dior, Laura Mercier, Estee Lauder,Clinque, Coty perfume brands and many others were on hand to speak about the new trends. The patrons got to see the newest makeup, skincare, and fragrance trends during a high-energy event. Afterwards, they enjoyed a free makeup or skincare consultation with an industry expert. The attendees also received a gift for attending the show.


The attendees tickets were redeemable toward a Cosmetics Department purchase of $25 or more on the day of the event. We spoke to company experts from the brands of Clinque, Chanel, Clarins and Dior.  Each had their own ideas of what was trending in the world of cosmetics. 


Clinque: Trends: Sculpting products, numerous deep colors and cleansing products.


Chanel: Skin products, Gold and smoothing and lifting the eye products.  Their new Rouge Allure line allows women to create that vamped looked. The Rouge Noir is one of their best sellers.


Dior: They had NY famous, Nick Caridi on hand beautifying women.  Dior has launched a line of products that Stephen Hawkins would be mesmerized by.  The science behind these products is quite interesting. Their new Dior Addict Lip glow, color reviver balm, it the first customized balm that lastingly enhances and embellishes the natural color of the lips.  This technology reacts directly with the unique chemistry of each woman's lips before releasing its color ingredient.  Ones lips are revived from within, amazingly fresh, full and radiant.  The product is enriched with wild mango and luffa cylindrica.  It stays intact all day.  This product can launch 7 different colors onto the lips.


Dior also had another new product on hand, Cheek and Lip Glow. This products instantly interacts to the moisture in the skin and lips of each woman to give a delicate flush of color, in a custom radiant glow.  Its ultralight and fresh glow formula blends seamlessly with the skin leaving nothing but the weightless veil of a healthy glow.  There was also a self adjusting powder shown by Dior.  


Clarins: Their company expert, Account Executive, Klaudia Harris was at the event.  She shared with us that Clarins is still a private, family owned business, even after 60 years. There are over 400 products world wide that Clarins manufactures. They have had a presence here in the United States for the past 30 years.


The Double Serum product they demonstrated is transformational to a woman's skin. It essentially is a multivitamin for the skin comprised of 20 different plant extracts. One of Clarin's earliest products is still sold today, Huile  tonic body oil.  This oils is made from a combination of mint, rosemary, geranium, and hazelnuts. There are many pregnant clients buying this product due to its amazing way of eliminating/decreasing stretch marks. Their light lip oils are also something we recommend trying. They are not like a gloss but light and have a small tint to add a iridescent glow to ones lips.


The ladies who attended this event discovered the season’s hottest trends and colors, learned the latest techniques and experimented with new products.  They go to find their new signature look.   Sign up for the events at the mall at the link below, so not to miss the next event in March 2016.


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Posted by tammyduffy at 4:36 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 22 November 2015 6:45 AM EST
Friday, 20 November 2015


By Tammy Duffy 






There are 43.6 million adult readers of AARP magazine in the United States. This is according to top-line readership data from Mediamark Research Inc.’s spring 2009 report. Better Homes & Gardens was number two on the list with 39 million readers. They are followed by Reader's Digest (8.6 million).


The U.S. has no national reporting mechanism to track the financial exploitation of elders, but in a 1998 study by the National Center on Elder Abuse, financial abuse accounted for about 12 percent of all elder abuse reported nationally in 1993 and 1994 and 30 percent of substantiated elder abuse reported submitted to adult protective services in 1996, after reports of self-neglect were excluded.


According to the National Institute of Justice website, a national 2007 study of more than 7,000 community residing elders estimated that 1 in 10 senior citizens reported experiencing at least one form of elder mistreatment in the past year. And the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging reported $40 billion in losses in telemarketing fraud—and that was back in 2000. The statistics on this topic are quite sparse.  Crime against senior citizens is so pervasive that over the years, elder crime units have cropped up throughout the country in police bureaus, aimed solely at protecting senior citizens.


Duffy Cultural Couture has uncovered a nationwide scam that is targeting the elderly. These criminals are using the AARP magazine and their associated print media supplements to feed their crimes.  They are placing fake ads, with fake phone numbers (the ads appear real), they are stealing from the elderly. This is not limited to AARP's magazines. This is widespread. The other magazines hit by this are: Spry magazine, TV Guide and Great Call (both their magazine and newspaper). These are the ones we know of. There is no doubt in my mind there are more.


I have an elderly relative who recently began investigating the possibility of getting a wireless emergency response device that they could wear.  They had received their latest AARP magazine. This particular issue has the actor, Tom Selleck, on the front cover. We learned from AARP, this is a special edition that was printed for the 70 Plus demographic. It's an irony that Magnum P.I., the character Selleck played from 1980-1988 on CBS was on this cover. A cover of a magazine that encloses advertisements for Life Alert. (page 39)


My elderly relative used the Life Alert ad in the AARP magazine to call to get information about the product. When they called the number a woman answered the phone and they got put on hold. A gentleman then got onto the phone, he said his name was Richard Wolf. He began asking my relative for all their information, was very aggressive. This made my relative very uncomfortable. He wanted their credit card information. My relative hung up the phone. Their phone rang a minute later (an odd number they did not know) and the caller, turned out was "Mr. Wolf". He began to leave a message. His message was loud and angry, he said, " Why did you hang up on me, do you have dementia or Alzheimer's?'"


I was traveling for work and my relative called me with this information. I immediately looked up who the CEO of Life Alert was to speak to him about what happened. This is not appropriate behavior for any company's employees. I was able to leave a message for Mr. Isaac Shepher , CEO of Life Alert.


The next day I received a phone call from his assistant, Michael Christian. He was outstanding. We learned that Life Alert does not employee any consultants to cold call people and won't continue to call them, the way my relative was experiencing.  He immediately tried to find Richard Wolf in their employee list. There was no Richard Wolf in their employee roster. Christian then took it a step further and researched the times "Mr. Wolf" had called my relative. All of the phone calls are logged and taped.  I was able to give him all the times. There was nothing available on this either.  We took the step to Google the number "Mr. Wolf" called my relative on. This turned out to be a phone number that was a spoofing #, a scam number. 


Life Alert continued to investigate on their end and have since placed a large FRAUD button on their website warning patrons of this fraud. Their company reacted immediately to this issue.


The brochure that "Mr. Wolf" mailed to my relative also has a "fake scamming phone number" on it. A different phone number than is on the Life Alert ad in the AARP magazine. This story does not end at this one ad. The AARP also has a Bulletin that comes out in Oct/Nov. This had another add for Life Alert. It had a different number and is also a scamming phone number.


There are many victims in this story that I am about to tell you. Life Alert, AARP, TV Guide, Great Call, Spry Living, all victims. The readership of AARP and others are  all victims.


I wish the story ended here. It does not.


I took the time to call AARP (from the number in the AARP magazine) and spoke to a person named Tiffany in the NY office. I shared my story and asked to speak to the person in charge of Ad placements for the magazine. She transferred me to "Wilson". Wilson informed me that is he THE person in charge for editing and approving all ad placements for AARP in NY. I then asked him, "What due diligence do you go through to ensure that the ads that are placed do not have scamming phone numbers in them to dupe the public." He said," I call the numbers."


If you call the numbers, it will say they are Life Alert. But, they are not Life Alert. The assistant to the CEO at Life Alert confirmed this. I then asked "Wilson", "Why did you not just simply Google the numbers to see what they showed?"  He said to me," I will take care of this."


As I hung up the phone, I did not think he would take care of it. My gut was correct. When I called the NY office back, Tiffany answered and I asked to be connected to the editor. She connected me to someone named Diane. She was supposed to be the Brand manager for AARP. I left a message with her. I still felt like something was not right. I called again.  Tiffany was not at her desk, I spoke to Martha Kroche from AARP instead. I shared this story with her, she was stunned. She informed me that there was no one named Wilson who worked in the office or in ad placements for AARP. She also seemed suspect of "Diane, the brand manager".  She put me on hold to see who Tiffany had forwarded my calls to. Martha came back and then instructed to call the AARP Ad policy department in Washington DC immediately. I did that and left a message, I await a call back. She gave me the phone number.


Martha Kroche also educated me that AARP has a Fraud alert hotline. She asked that I call the national hotline and the local chapter in NJ. Within 30 minutes someone from the national center called me back and said they were sending this story up the food chain to hopefully do what Life Alert did and place a FRAUD alert on their sites and in the magazines.


There are many victims in this story.  This is a very clever, awful,deceptive scheme that has been put together by someone or some group.  It is targeting the elderly population in the United States. My relative received numerous calls after "Mr. Wolf", all claiming to be from Life Alert. All of those numbers are also scamming phone numbers. A simple Google search demonstrates that. One sees all the complaints associated with the phone numbers.


Please use this article as a way to educate yourselves and loved ones. Always keep your eyes wide open. Do not be afraid to call a CEO of a company, AARP, etc to share something like this. I have always gotten responses from CEO's and their team on critical issues that I uncover. Everyone has been extremely responsive and quick to act in this instance.


Unfortunately, this is the world we live in. The criminals are very clever. I can only hope that this event changes the course of history. My hope is that the vetting process of publications changes immediately. The print media must immediately establish a vigilant vetting process for advertisements that they publish.  If they do not have a policy and something happens to one of our elderly in America, they should be held liable for the damages.


See something, Say something!! I suggest always Googling a phone number you do not know before calling it back, before you order something, see it in an ad. One cannot assume it's real.


Life Alert is a device (there are many on the market) that has the purpose of saving the life of the person who wears the device. It will automatically call emergency services in the event a catastrophic event occurs to the wearer.



Posted by tammyduffy at 7:27 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 21 November 2015 5:49 AM EST

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