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Friday, 3 October 2014


MCCC Gallery Hosts Visual Arts Faculty Exhibit Oct. 7-30
Community Invited to Opening Reception Oct. 8, 5 to 7 p.m.




The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) puts its own talented faculty in the spotlight for the “2014 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibit.”  The show runs from Tuesday, Oct. 7 through Thursday, Oct. 30, with a reception to be held Wednesday, Oct. 8, 5 to 7 p.m.  The Gallery is located on second floor of the Communications Building on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.


The show is dedicated to Lyn Ports-Lopez, a long-time Fine Arts ceramics instructor and beloved colleague who passed away in August.  Eight of Ports-Lopez’s ceramics pieces, including two collaborative works, will be included in the exhibit.  Other featured artists are Allegra Cecci of Ewing; Michael Dalton of Rutherford; Yevgeny Fiks of New York City; Leilani Hickerson of Cherry Hill; Lucas Kelly of Bordentown; Tina LaPlaca of Princeton; Terri McNichol of Cranbury; Paul Mordetsky of Hightstown; Colin O’Con of Brooklyn, NY; Mircea Popescu of Lawrenceville; Courtney Puckett of Brooklyn, NY; David Rivera of Newtown, Pa.; Dennis Santanella of Brooklyn, NY; Kyle Stevenson of Hamilton; Michael Welliver of Ewing; and Nancy Zamboni of Mercerville.

The show includes works by both full-time and adjunct faculty members who teach visual arts, photography, advertising design, digital media arts and fashion design.  Artwork is in a range of mediums, including photography, acrylic, watercolor, ink, silverpoint, installation, pastel, ceramic, and more.

Gallery Director Dylan Wolfe is excited to invite community members, as well as students, to experience the range and depth of the works collected for the exhibit. “These pieces truly demonstrate the strength of the college's instructors as professional artists and reflect contemporary art and culture contributed by a dynamic and varied group," Wolfe observed.

Wolfe said that dedicating the show to Ms. Ports-Lopez was unanimous. “Everyone loved Lyn. She was giving and kind and funny and cared about everyone she knew,” he said, adding that in his first year as director during 2013-14, Ports-Lopez came to his aid regularly as he acclimated to his new position.

Ports-Lopez’s colleague Michael Welliver, coordinator of the Fine Arts Program, worked closely with her for 13 years. “We were office mates and teammates. We supported each other, worried about each other, and irritated each other.  She laughed with me. She laughed at me. But she always had my back.  She was the caretaker. We had it pretty good for a long time,” he said.

Gallery hours for this show are Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Posted by tammyduffy at 4:51 PM EDT
Maurer Productions’ “Count Dracula” to Deliver Some Creepy Halloween Fun at Kelsey Theatre Oct. 24-Nov. 2

Maurer Productions’ “Count Dracula” to Deliver Some Creepy Halloween Fun at Kelsey Theatre Oct. 24-Nov. 2



Maurer Productions OnStage is set to haunt your Halloween dreams.  “Count Dracula” comes to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, Oct. 24 and 31 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently 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 Oct. 24.

Inspired by Bram Stoker’s ground-breaking novel, “Count Dracula” is a fresh retelling of the epic tale of good versus evil and science versus superstition.  Audiences will get caught up in the battle as honorable men like Johnathan Harker, Dr. Seward and Professor Van Helsing take on the Prince of Darkness himself – Count Dracula. Written by Ted Tiller in 1971, the play has been performed on Broadway, by regional theater companies throughout the country and on television.

According to director John Maurer, the production is a faithful retelling of the original story.  "There are no sparkly vampires, no drenching piles of blood. The show offers some lighter moments to break the tension, but the story is rooted in Bram Stoker’s original text."

The cast includes Joe Grosso, of Hamilton Square, as Count Dracula; Michael Lovett, of Ewing, as Jonathan Harker; Stephanie Moon, of Yardville, as Mina Murray; Sean McGrath, of Churchville, Pa., as Heinrich Van Helsing; Scott Fishman of Newtown, Pa., as Dr. Arthur Seward; Laurie Hardy, of Hamilton, as Sybil Seward; Paul Phalen, of West Windsor, as Renfield; Susan Galli, of Hopewell, as Miss Hennessey; and Jeffrey E. Milstein, of East Windsor, as Welsey.

The show is directed by John M. Maurer, and produced by John M. Maurer and Diana Gilman Maurer.  Costumes are by Anthony Reamer and original underscore music is by Brandon Franks.  M. Kitty Getlik is the lighting designer and Jeff Cantor constructed the set.  Cast photos are John Maurer and Robert Gougher.

Tickets for “Count Dracula” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 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.  For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

Posted by tammyduffy at 3:46 PM EDT
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Communion One: Artist Clifford Ward Exhibits


Communion One: Artist Clifford Ward Exhibits


By Tammy Duffy 



The Gallery at Chapin this evening opened a new art exhibition. This exhibition demonstrated sculpture and wall mountings by artist Clifford Ward.  This exhibition is entitled “Communion 1”. The exhibition runs from October  1 through October  31, 2014. 


Ward’s work has been displayed in numerous regional exhibitions in the Philadelphia, New Jersey and in New York.  Clifford Ward resides in Philadelphia and has a studio in Hamilton, NJ as well.


“It is important,” states Ward, “that I bring my work to ‘ordinary, everyday” people, for it is from these people (past and present) that my work is inspired.”  Clifford Ward embraces the mythologies, cultures and ethos of the African Diaspora, Australian Aborigines, Native Americans and Maori People of New Zealand.  His work has evolved into a “potpourri” of many of these indigenous people’s culture. 


Ward states that his work is truly from his soul and “I feel more and more like a conduit for my ancestor’s messages which hopefully will continue to nourish the honesty and integrity of my work and will also whelp me to better understand my African roots.”


The general approach to Ward’s work is the concept of relationships; communion. “My work usually involves pairs of sculptures and paintings that are more similar to one-another than they are different. These relationships are both visual and structural. Developing complementary pieces that maintain particular attributes that are similar to one-another, but also that maintain many individual structures and designs unique to the individual piece, is a major goal of mine. And although the groups of complimentary pieces are paired, all of the work shows a common denominator that ties all of the work together.”



Using plaster bandages as his main external material, he  interlocks and creates various types of weaving patterns and grids.  Various materials are used: wood, metal,

Styrofoam and lots of cardboard.  The negative space he creates in his spaces are very purposeful. This negative space adds a wonderful optical experience.`    


One of the pieces in the exhibition entitled, “George Inspired Mask”, has a wonderful story behind it. One of Ward’s best friend who worked in a zoo had many animals she took care of. One in particular she was in love with, George. When George died she was devastated so Clifford created this piece as an homage to George.  Ward brings the migration of animals and humans together in this exhibition.


The Gallery at Chapin, which is in its 11th year, has already hosted a wide variety of artists from painters, to weavers, to woodworkers, to photographers, to digital artists.  The have exhibitions in the months of January, February, April,

September, October, and November. Gallery openings always take place the first Wednesday of the month that exhibitions are held.


Chapin School and its Art Gallery are located at 4101 Princeton Pike, Princeton, N.J. The exhibit can also be viewed during school hours by appointment by calling 609-924-7206.




Posted by tammyduffy at 7:39 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 2 October 2014 7:41 PM EDT
Monday, 29 September 2014
When Healthcare becomes Healthscare

When Healthcare becomes HealthSCARE


by Tammy Duffy 





Sunday marked the Annual Oktoberfest in Hamilton Township New Jersey. The event went from 12 noon to 7pm.  I enjoy the bratwurst and traditional German dancing that it brings.  It was an event that was well attended.


I arrived at approximately 3:45pm. Upon arriving I saw the blood mobile there. I thought to myself, hmmm, bloodmobile at an event where 90% of the people are drinking beer. One should never donate blood prior to drinking for the side effects could be rather severe. I also questioned how would the vampires in the van make sure that the blood did not have a blood alcohol level that would normally get someone incarcerated.  The inappropriateness of this was mind boggling.


I paid my five dollar admission to the event and began walking around the venue. The first table I came to was a table that the drug store, Rite Aid had. They were giving flu shots. Perfect, I was due for my shot and have been procrastinating getting it so I decided to get the shot. This turned out to be a very bad decision on my part.


I filled out the appropriate paperwork and gave them my insurance information as well. The pharmacist took my information and asked me to sit down. I looked around the set up for this flu shot clinic and could not help notice there was no refrigerator or dry ice of some sort available for the vaccines. There was just a cardboard box sitting on the ground in the 80 degree temperature.  I got my shot. But I walked away saying to myself….this is odd. Something is not right here. I realize each season each manufacturer comes up with new vaccines and they are an evolving entity. The fact there was no temperature control for the vaccines bothered me.


When I returned home I went on to the CDC web site to see that the recommendations for flu shots were as it pertained to temperature control.  I found the “pink book”.




The pink book is a document that clearly demonstrates the recommendations give by the CDC for vaccines. This is what is recommended by the CDC. (excerpt from the pink book)


TIV Inactivated influenza vaccine is generally shipped in an insulated container with coolant packs. CDC recommends that the vaccine be stored at refrigerator temperature (35°–46°F [2°–8°C]). Inactivated influenza vaccine must not be frozen. Opened multidose vials may be used until the expiration date printed on the package if no visible contamination is present.


LAIVLAIV should be stored at refrigerator temperature (35°– 46° F [2°–8°C]). LAIV inadvertently exposed to freezing temperature should be placed at refrigerator temperature and used as soon as possible.

LAIV is intended for intranasal administration only and should never be administered by injection. LAIV is supplied in a prefilled single-use sprayer containing 0.2 mL of vaccine. Approximately 0.1 mL (i.e., half of the total sprayer contents) is sprayed into the first nostril while the recipient is in the upright position. An attached dose-divider clip is removed from the sprayer to administer the second half of the dose into the other nostril. If the vaccine recipient sneezes after administration, the dose should not be repeated.


In the morning I called the CDC to talk to them about this as well. I learned from them that I should refer to the “pink book” and clearly you can see what that says. The vaccines need to be refrigerated at very specific temperatures.


The next step I took was to call Novartis who manufactured the vaccine. I thought that it could be possible a new vaccine was made that did not need to be refrigerated. One never knows. It was possible that there was not an update on the CDC website with a new vaccine. Upon calling Novartis Medical Safety division for vaccines I learned that the vaccines need to be refrigerated., no exceptions. They stated they would be contacting the CDC and others  (including my family doctor)to let them know this happened.  I have already gotten a phone call my from my family doctor this evening.  The medical safety team at Novartis told me I need to get the shot again because the manufacture cannot guarantee the effectiveness of the vaccine when given beyond the manufactures recommendations as it pertains to temperature.


I then called customer service at Rite Aid to speak to them about what happened. They were very apologetic and committed to me that I would get a phone call from senior leadership in the morning. I got a call in one hour from their local district manager. He told me he was a pharmacist.


Here is what he said to me,” I want to assure you that the vaccines were on ice. There was a blue cooler that the vaccines were in with ice.” I said to him,” There was no blue cooler in sight. The  pharmacist that was there reached into a cardboard box (the box the vials were shipped in that was on the ground, on the dirt) to get my dose.” he said to me,” The cooler must have been in the cardboard box ” I said to him,” If indeed this is true and honestly I find it hard to believe, I would suggest you do not do this at future clinics. That you clearly show people where the doses are coming from and that they are properly cared for.”  he said,”Great idea.”


Am I supposed to trust this stranger on the phone? He continued to tell me that the package insert for the vaccine says that the dose only need to be at 77 degrees (notice this is a 30 degree difference from what the CDC recommends) and can last three days without refrigeration.  Having worked in healthcare for over 30 years I know exactly where to go to get the package inserts on the FDA website. Here is the link to the package insert.




No where  in the package insert does it say what he said. There is no information that says the doses can be above 77 degrees (which they were, it was 80 degrees the day of the event) does it say the vaccine can last three days without temperature control  No where. He continued to say, “ Novarits sent us additional information that says it can be used after three days no matter what the temperature.  Am I supposed to trust this person on the phone? I shared all of this with my doctor and they had the same response as me," This is nonsense."


The district manager then went on to say that at the end of the clinic or any off site clinic, the unused doses are “recycled”. They are put into the “first to use” doses that are administered at the stores.


So, as a consumer how comfortable are you with all of this? I spoke to my personal doctor and they will be giving me another flu shot at the end of October.  I also got Rite Aid to reverse the claim on the shot they gave me so they will not be paid for it by my insurance company. 


I then asked him, “Where is the Hamilton Township Health Department in all of this? Do they inspect the sites prior to the clinics commencing? What steps does Rite Aid take to interact with the local health departments?   You do not even want to know how he answered these questions.


My advise to all of you as you get your flu shots, is….do it…it’s important. To have them done Please make sure where you go is doing the correct thing as it pertains to the care of the vaccines. It is vital to your health. Be very aware of the surroundings and where they are grabbing the doses from. This temperature requirement is a requirement for ALL flu vaccines, not just those made by Novartis.


I want to thank the CDC, Novarits and Rite Aide for being so prompt and  attentive to this issue. I have a call in  to the Hamilton Township Health department and was told no one was available to comment on this issue today. Your body is your temple. You must take care of it and take control of your healthcare. Do not take anyones "word" for it. Question authority, but do it nicely. We live in a very different world now with healthcare...be safe and God bless!



Posted by tammyduffy at 7:33 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 29 September 2014 7:45 PM EDT
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Largest Research Center in NJ to open in 2015: Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health


Largest Research Center in NJ to open in 2015: Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health




The Institute is a new, interdisciplinary initiative that co-locates and aligns Rutgers' key centers and academic excellence strategically to address critical issues related to food, nutrition, and health. It is their goal that the Institute's transformative work will focus on how the country's major health issues are affected by developmental nutrition so that, in a generation's time, the Institute's work will help residents of New Jersey counter the debilitating effects of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, and reverse the trend of the rising number of individuals suffering from these diseases. It is slated to open in the summer of 2015. 


Located on the George H. Cook campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, the Institute will be rooted in New Jersey where demographics allow for national replication. New Jersey's diverse population, varied landscape, geographic location, and pharmaceutical and service industries make it a natural location for scientists interested in developing local, regional, national, and global solutions for lowering the incidence of chronic illnesses. The nutrition, wellness, and fitness programs created there will serve as models for other areas in the United States. We envision the facility to be a physical nexus that brings together.


Diverse, but like-minded stakeholders (i.e., faculty, researchers, community leaders, health educators) who advance and accelerate research, educate the next generation of scholar-leaders and community health advocates, and support the community


Flexible space that fosters and encourages research, teaching, and outreach to address the national health care crisis, and community connections for wellness programs and after-school activities, as well as nutrition and fitness demonstrations where Rutgers has a solid track record.


The construction of this  three-story building (approximately 75,000 gross square feet),  will include wet and dry laboratories, student health clinic, human performance laboratory, clinical nutritional research center, shared core instrumentation facilities, healthy eating courtyard, nutritional preschool, computing facilities, faculty and administrative offices, 'smart' lecture halls, nutritional resource center, community common space, and flexible spaces to accommodate the changing needs of the program. It will be, at minimum, a certified LEED-gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facility.


Their community partners and relevant Rutgers Cooperative Extension personnel (Rutgers faculty and staff who are actively engaged in the delivery of science-based educational and outreach programs with a nutrition and wellness focus throughout all 21 counties in New Jersey) will utilize the facility as well. The community space will encompass a breath of initiatives and program concepts including a conference center to hold national and international symposia; an innovative restaurant facility that will be used as a community learning center and teaching laboratory; a flexible clinical service unit to support the mission of science-based education and outreach as it relates to food, nutrition and health including a diet and exercise core curriculum involving parents and their children; an exercise and human performance teaching and research center to study the interdependence of diet and exercise in order to optimize personal health and wellness; and an interactive student learning center that will provide elementary age students and above with nutrition/health learning experiences with computer interfaces.


Smart board technology will be coupled with a communications studio to facilitate national and global communications and long distance learning systems. Public spaces will have an inviting atmosphere with sufficient areas for community interaction while providing space for individuals to relax before appointments or between classes


The building will bring together faculty members from complementary programs throughout the University, including Rutgers' renowned departments of food science, nutrition, public policy, pharmacy, exercise science and sport studies, genetics, agriculture, and health sciences research. By co-locating these world-class scholars, Rutgers will create a synergistic environment that fosters the rapid delivery of new, empirically-anchored basic and applied research programs; the creation and dissemination of new policy; and the development of multidisciplinary curricula and continuing education programs that focus on wellness studies, food access, policy, security, and the reduction of chronic illnesses due to obesity. It is anticipated that the construction of this facility will significantly increase student enrollment in the aforementioned programs.


According to Peter Gillies, the institute’s founding director, the idea behind the institute is to create and physical space where research, teaching and outreach to the community can take place. Peter presented details on the research center at a recent Health Care Forum held in NJ.


 “We want to bring together scholars who will pursue interdisciplinary research; policymakers who will apply that research to real-world problems associated with food and health; and parents, their children, as well as Rutgers students whose lives can benefit from wellness programs, health education and activities,” said Robert M. Goodman, executive dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, of which the institute is a part.


The Board of Governors awarded the contract to the Joseph A. Natoli Construction Co. of Pine Brook, N.J. The company has worked on several Rutgers projects in the past.


The new building is also located the Cook Campus in New Brunswick, just off Dudley Road, between the Food Science and Foran Hall. It will be three stories high and include 37,198 square feet of research space, 28,263 square feet of community space and 825 square feet of administrative space. The remaining 13,425 square feet will be taken up with mechanical and circulation space. 


The new interdisciplinary laboratory space includes a healthy eating courtyard to study human eating behavior and nutrition education, facilities to study food digestion and nutrient metabolism and a human performance lab that focuses on nutrition and exercise. There are also molecular nutrition laboratories, a student health clinic and a learning center for preschool age children as part of the research center for childhood education and nutrition research


 “Everyone associated with the institute is looking forward to being in this new space, which is innovative in its design and perfectly suited to the kind of leading-edge research, teaching and service we expect to produce there,” Gillies said.


Posted by tammyduffy at 1:52 PM EDT
Saturday, 27 September 2014
No Admission Required: Thank you Smithsonian Magazine

No Admission Required: Thank you Smithsonian Magazine


By Tammy Duffy 




In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day at its museums, Museum Day Live was held today throughout the United States. . This is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket.  The ticket allows 2 people to enter for free.. There were over 382 museums in the North East that participated in this event. 


I spoke with Susan Greitz, Marketing Coordinator at the NJ State Museum and she said,  “It costs nothing for museums to participate in this event. They sign up and the Smithsonian then places you on the list, its free advertising for the museum and a wonderful collaboration.  What museum would not want to participate?”


There were some NJ museums that did not participate. One would question their ability to run a museum to ignore such a prestigious opportunity.


The NJ State Museum had glorious events today all of them were FREE! There was a digging Dinosaurs Workshop that was help that allowed visitors to explore Hadrosaurus foulkii and other NJ dinosaurs.  The NJ State Museums Curator of Natural History, David Parris, was on hand as well to answer and all questions dinosaur related.  He shared with me the wonderful programs that the museum is involved with.


One can learn the field of paleontology by experiencing it. David Parris and his staff teach courses in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Montana and Wyoming. One gets to experience the natural history of one of the most beautiful regions in the world while searching for fossil-rich rocks and artifacts. They collect Cretaceous aquatic and terrestrial animals (including dinosaurs!), Devonian fishes, and rare Paleogene mammals in the Bighorn Basin. Teachers can take this class yearly to fulfill their  yearly continuing education credits by participating. Students, can receive undergraduate or graduate credit from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology by participating. The great thing about this program is anyone can participate, the general public is encouraged to partic[ate and become dinosaur hunters. The expedition is a serious museum project and is more than just a field trip. The field course is led by David Parris, Curator of Natural History, and Jason Schein, Assistant Curator of Natural History, at the NJ State Museum.


While I was there David Parris showed me  the first recorded jawless fish, known  as an ostracoderms – i.e. shell-skinned, lived between 500 – 360 million years ago. Ostracoderms had a bony armour, an internal cartilaginous skeleton and a heterocercal tail. Most lacked paired fins. The first recognizable lamprey was recorded in the Carboniferous period ( 325-380 mya).

Did you know that the very first  mammal fossil ever found in the world was found right here in NJ? It was a 70 million year old tooth. Geologic Time is divided and subdivided into various categories Eons are divided into Eras; Eras are divided Periods. There are 11 periods and 9 of them have been found in NJ. The town of Gloucester, NJ is just riddled with fossils and fossil finds.


My day at the museum ended with a dance performance entitled, “Traditions of India.” It was performed by students from the Nrithyanjali Institute of Dance .  This traditional dance was born in Hindu Temples more than 2,000 years ago, Indian dance is movement, mime, and music in equal measure. Adorned with beautiful costumes, jewelry, and makeup replicating a temple sculpture, Ramya Ramnarayan and her students evoked profound emotions and complex rhythmic patterns that bring their mystic view of the universe to life. This was not just a dance performance but an interactive, education on traditional Indian dance. They performed the ancient dance, Bharata Natyam  (Bha: meaning emotion and expression, RA: meaning tune or melody, THA:meaning beat and rhythm, and Natyam: meaning dance and music.  This  classical Indian dance form that originated in the temples of Tami Nadu. is a pure dance. A dance with two aspects. The dancer uses movements of their body and eyes choreographed with beautiful gestures of the torso and extremities.  It’s a poetic story turned into dance Each gesture having a different meaning. Their eyes are the doorway to the communication of their performance.

The NJ State Museum is a museum that everyone needs to take time and visit. There are wonderful exhibitions and educators who are just waiting inside to educate you on what is inside.




Posted by tammyduffy at 7:31 PM EDT
Saturday, 20 September 2014



Cultural Festival  Coming To Mercer County Park 






Mercer County is one of America's most culturally diverse regions whose 12 municipalities are home to citizens of a host of ethnicities and countries of origin. In celebration of this rich heritage, Mercer County is hosting its fourth annual Cultural Festival on October 11 in Mercer County Park in West Windsor, from 11 am to 6 pm. The one-day festival will celebrate many diverse cultures through traditional art demonstrations, live cultural music and dance performances. New for 2014 is the special International Food Truck Food Court featuring amazing dishes from some of the best ethnic Food Trucks in the region!

A full stage schedule and list of participating artists will be available in a few months, so please check back soon.  You can  follow the Festival on FaceBook by ‘liking' "Mercer County Cultural Festival."

Admission and parking are free. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled to the following day: Oct. 12. For more information, or if you are interested in being a vendor, please call (609) 278-2712 or email culturalfestival@mercercounty.org.

Posted by tammyduffy at 3:49 PM EDT
Modern Day Crooner to Perform in Hamilton


 Modern Day Crooner to Perform in Hamilton


By Tammy Duffy 




On Friday, October 3, 2014, Golden Voice Entertainment will perform an inaugural event, The Night of the Crooners. It will be held at the Villa Maria Restaurant located at 3800 Quakerbridge Rd #4, Trenton, NJ 08619. Golden Voice Entertainment will bring in their top crooner for this performance, Sam McDonough.  The doors will open at 6:30pm.  Advance ticket purchase is required and can be purchased at Villa Maria.


A native Hamiltonian, Sam McDonough has been singing since his childhood. His deceased Italian grandfather was a strong inspiration for Sam to start his business. Golden Voice Entertainment, LLC.


His company has been entertaining people with his pure singing style and uplifting the sentimental feelings that hit deep into what patriotism really represents.


The original crooners were male singers from the 1920s to the early 1960s who sang in an operatic, clear light tenor voice combined with intonations that reflect jazz and blues styling. Gene Austin.  These self proclaimed singers gave birth to the singing form of crooning. 


The root of crooning goes back to the Italian Opera, where orchestras played behind the booming voices of the opera singers. Crooning differs from the opera because of its jazz influence, resulting in much more subtle, smoother voices along with the orchestra or a big band as the instrumentals. Crooning became the most popular form of music up until the beginning of the “Rock and Roll” era, circa late 1950s, early 1960s.


As a child, Sam McDonough spent a lot of time with his grandfather He would play the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, and others constantly. He grew up  on  great crooner music. As a child, on Sunday’s Sam and his grandfather would listen to Sid Mark’s radio show, Sunday with Sinatra as well.  He cherished all those wonderful years with his grandfather. When his grandfather passed away, Sam was inspired to carry on the traditions he cherished with his Grandfather, and Golden Voice Entertainment,LLC was born.


During his performances, Sam McDonough transports his audience back into a time when things were more relaxed, giving the world a more leisurely tone. People want to latch onto anything that means happiness, and the songs that the Sam McDonough sings oozes joy and a feel-good atmosphere. Sam wants his audiences to go back in time and remember all the great memories they had from yesteryear.


The classic crooners are a testament to how music can survive through generations because of the common feelings that it brings to everyone listening. Sam is preserving the crooner sound for the next generation. If you stop by Villa Maria you can purchase your ticket. Tickets are $40 and it includes dinner and the show.  All taxes and gratuity are also included. This show is definately one you do not want to miss. Tickets are selling fast. 


When Sam is not singing he is keeping us all safe. He has spent the past several decades working as a Sergeant at the NJ State Prison.



Posted by tammyduffy at 3:21 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 20 September 2014 3:41 PM EDT
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Taste Of New Jersey - Craft Beer And NJ Wine Festival

Taste Of New Jersey - Craft Beer And NJ Wine Festival


By Tammy Duffy 



Today marked the 2nd Annual Taste of  New Jersey in Bordentown, New Jersey. This event allows you to sample, purchase and enjoy fine wines and beers as well as an afternoon stroll in Bordentown City!


The Vineyards who participated were:Unionville Vineyards  * Southwind Vineyard & Winery * Monroeville Vineyard & Winery * Cava Winery & Vineyards. The New Jersey Craft Beer industry was represented by Riverhorse * Kane * Flying Fish * Ramstein * Beach Haus * Carton Brewing and others.




The Taste of New Jersey was created to promote the amazing vineyards and craft beers that are produced in New Jersey, while enjoying the fine eateries of Bordentown City’s restaurant row.  This event was open to the public to attend. If you wanted to be part of the wine and beer sampling you had to purchase a sampling ticket. If you were the designated driver there was alot to entertain you, between live entertainment and strolling through the boutiques and galleries of charming Bordentown city. This event was well planned, organized and really focused on the local businesses. This event trumped the ever boring, lack of focus on the community, get your photo with the Mayor, Hamilton Septemberfest which also was held the same day. 


This event is an annual fundraiser for the town of Bordentown. A percentage of this event supports the “Old City Hall” restoration project. It really helped focus on and drive business for the local restaurants in the city of Bordentown. 


This was not just a beer and wine event, it also fit the needs of the foodie in all of us. Each restaurant had $5 menus so you can drink NJ made wine and craft beer as you affordably enjoy cuisine from top zagat rated restaurants! The restaurants that participated were: Toscano Ristorante, The Farnsworth House, Under The Moon Cafe, Marcello's Restaurant, Oliver, a Bistro, Jester's Cafe & The HOB Tavern, The Vault.


There was music performed by Mr. Lucky's Blues Band to entertain the crowds during this wonderful event. The event was coordinated by April Sette, one of the more amazing gals in our community and certaintly one to watch!


Posted by tammyduffy at 4:34 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 14 September 2014 4:57 PM EDT
Saturday, 13 September 2014
How To Walk In Heels


How to walk in heels






I've come a long way in the shoe department. Here are a few hard-won tips I've picked up for walking— gracefully and comfortably— in heels.

Size matters.

As any woman with some fashion sense will tell you, there is no legitimate middle ground for heels. It’s either flats or real heels — anything below 3 inches is considered cheating. Heels up to 4 inches are very comfortable to walk in as long as the shoe is carefully designed; 4.5-inch heels are manageable by literally everyone if you’ve had enough practice, and a 1-inch platform can help keep you safe in 5.5-inch heels. Heels higher than that? We'll pass.

Your height doesn't.

If you feel like it, you can wear heels even if you’re tall. And no, you don’t have to wear heels if you’re petite. Heels aren’t about looking taller — they’re about looking fierce. I am tallish at 5’5’’ and I wear high heels all the time. At 6’1’’ sometimes I’m the tallest person in the room. Do I feel like Gandalf summoning the Hobbits? Sometimes. It is still worth it.

Fit really matters.

Every self-respecting woman has a trusted calzolaio, or shoe repairer, who will competently file your heels to suit them specifically to your feet. Don't skimp on maintenance, either.


Design is key.

This is oh-so-important. While you can get away with poorly designed flats (rubber ballet flats attached to a tween magazine for $1 extra? I don’t see why not!), you definitely want to avoid cheap heels. They will give you blisters and make your feet hurt, yes, but more important in the long run they could affect your posture and damage the bones in the soles of your feet. Before you pick up any pair of high heels, try the shoes on in the late afternoon when your feet are a bit swollen. How do they feel? Are your feet yowling like a baby fox caught in a trap? Not okay.

Know when to name-drop.

Here are a few of my favorite Italian shoe brands in terms of comfort. It doesn’t hurt that they make incredibly beautiful shoes, either. My go-to response, which is only a bitof a lie, is that heels are as comfortable as slippers. It’s almost true in case of  Sergio Rossi’s  stunning Cachet pumps. The Milanese fashion brand makes some of the best shoes around.Salvatore Ferragamo’s feminine creations have the sort of subdued elegance and grown-up charm that girls start finding quite appealing when they feel they’re becoming more of una signora—“a lady.” No-nonsense Fratelli Rossetti shoes are the way to go when you plan to wear heels for a prolonged amount of time: They are sturdy and perfectly designed with a marked Milanese elegance. Luciano Padovan’s creations, on the other hand, are more blatantly sexy — even what would be a mid-heel office pump gets a touch of the stripper-heel treatment with the Milanese designer.

Walk, don't run.

There are really no shortcuts here — the only way to learn to walk in heels is to do it a lot, practicing first with easier shoes. The basics: Don’t walk on eggshells; do not tiptoe; step the heel first, then the tip of the foot. The more surface the shoe has, the easier it is — you might want to start with tight-fitting ankle boots (bonus point: pretty!).

Pick your battles.

High heels can be good for the soul, but they’re not particularly good for your body. Choose when to wear them wisely. In Italy, you’re expected to wear them by day to formal functions such as weddings and battesimi or christenings — we have many of them here — and by night whenever you’re attending a special occasion. What makes an occasion special? Sometimes it’s just the wearing of the heels themselves.


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