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Khaled Hosseini. A friendship between two women in Afghanistan against the backdrop of 30 years of war. (Riverhead, $25.95)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

It IT’S ALL ABOUT HIM, by Denise Jackson with Ellen Vaughn. The wife of the country music star Alan Jackson describes how religious faith re-stored her marriage. (Thomas Nelson $24.99)                                    

HARDCOVER ADVICE 

The Secret

THE SECRET, by Rhonda Byrne. The law of attraction as a key to getting what you want. (Atria/Beyond Words $23.95)
 

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August Travel- Bonaire

bonaire turtle …It’s not just about diving anymore

     Tom Dwyer

 For decades, the island of Bonaire, located in the Dutch West Indies, (Lesser Antilles) has been known as a diver’s paradise. Year after year, divers return to the protected waters around this island of 14,000 residents, never tiring of the beauty below the water. But over the past few years, more and more visitors are coming to this 24-mile long Caribbean paradise to take in the beauty above the water as well, and all of the activities it offers.
Location and Climate
 Bonaire is located 30 miles from Curacao, 50 miles north of Venezuela and 86 miles east of Aruba.  Its yearly average temperature is 82 F and its water temperature is 80F, with an arid, desert-like terrain.

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Horoscope-STARGAZINE

Month of August -Judy Banta Lewis
  AIRES-The aspects to the 1st house of your solar chart are stunning. The good news is people will see you as a powerful spirit. The bad news is they may be overwhelmed by your energy and go into an avoidant mode. If your associates see you walking down the hallway and slip into the bathroom just so they don’t have to face you, it could be time to tone down that Aries personality. Just a thought, the astral advice suggests.

TAURUS- Mars in the 2nd house of finance and nicely aspected will find you pushing for the financial advantage that you so deserve. At this time you sense the universe is in harmony with your inner soul. Money and success are not bad words. Your pot of gold will begin filling in the month of August.

GEMINI– Short trips can lead to adventure as you seem destined for excitement. Time away from home leaves you lusting for more. This is a month that will be remembered as one of the best life has to offer. Normal concerns will return in the fall but now is the time for FUN.

CANCER- Activity to the 5th house of your solar chart with Mercury Continue reading Horoscope-STARGAZINE

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The Guy’s -Attic Ensemble

September 11-16the guys for internet
The Attic Ensemble, Theater for a New Jersey City will present The Guys by Anne Nelson, directed by Art Delo. The production features AJ Liana of Bayonne and Wanda Maragni of West Orange.

Less than two weeks after the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock. One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack. He’s looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services. Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. Continue reading The Guy’s -Attic Ensemble

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Art Views- Featured Artist -Nicola Dudley

 

nickola-dudley-ocean-city-nj2.jpgNickola Dudley’s earlier work mainly consisted of family and friends in mundane situations. Even though the subjects stood or sat close together there was never any interaction or tension. They kept their distance, remaining remote and seemed content in doing so. The artist eventually became more interested in the space between them and started pulling the areas out. These spaces soon became her new subjects.

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Is Hudson County “Going Green?”

PlantIf you need to ask what “going green” means, then you are probably not part of the movement to conserve energy, and well, in a nutshell, save the planet.  Of course you have heard of global warming and the dire predictions by former Vice President Al Gore and a host of scientists from around the world. But what are we doing right here in Hudson County to conserve energy and make our environment safer for generations to come?

There was a time not that long ago, when Hudson County was known for its toxic waste dumps, much of it created by factories that produced carcinogens that leaked into the land, air, marshes and local rivers.   But in the  1980’s,  there was a slow but steady change to start cleaning up the toxic sites, along with  a massive new urban renewal  of the waterfronts in Hudson County that  drew corporations  and developers to Hudson County.  Today, Hudson County is considered by many city, state and national organizations as one of the most progressive counties when it comes to cleaning up and protecting the environment.

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Buon Appetito- Their Name Says it All

 

By Evelyn Bonilla

Buon AppetitoThe phrase “buon appetito” in Italian means, “enjoy your meal” and at Buon Appetito Restaurant & Salumeria you’ll do just that. This appealing restaurant located in Bayonne, NJ is the perfect choice when dining with family and friends. Its atmosphere is “warm and inviting”. Glass covered tables lined with burgundy linen cloths accentuates Buon Appetito classic signature look. As you enter into the restaurant you are confronted by a beautifully placed glass enclosed window drape with burgundy tasseled curtains. The window allows you to view the restaurant when entering. The smell of “fine Italian cuisine” pulls you in and draws you to a wall to wall buffet table. Buon Appetito specializes in a variety of buffet styled meals. With dishes like Lobster Ravioli, Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce, Chicken Monte Blanca and Veal Marsala just to name a few, there is something for everyone. Buon Appetito strives to put its diners first; they are focus on providing the best in “Italian cuisine”.

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Hudson County Open Space

…the green, green grass of home

By Tom Dwyer

With a population of over 600,000, open space in Hudson County is essential for the well-being of its residents. Open spaces like parks, and having waterfront access, help provide a ‘quality of life’ for a community; an oasis of calm in an urban environment.

Presently, the Hudson County park system is comprised of eight county parks: Stephen R. Gregg Park and Mercer Park in Bayonne, Columbus Park in Hoboken, Lincoln Park and Lincoln Park West in Jersey City, James Braddock Park in North Bergen, Washington Park in Union City and Northern Jersey City, West Hudson Park in Harrison   and Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus. The largest and oldest park is Lincoln Park in Jersey City, created in 1905 with 277 acres.   Most of these parks have been in use for decades providing open space for special events, sports, parties, and being one with nature.

Tom McCann, the Director of Parks for Hudson County, knows better than anyone the day-to-day operation in keeping the parks up and running. “If you just take Lincoln  Park where on a good day we see two thousand people, and multiply that by 365 days, you’re looking at a million visitors to just that park alone. So that gives you an idea how popular our parks are.”

With one hundred and twenty-five employees, McCann runs a small army of trades people, his own forestry, mechanics, and over four-hundred pieces of equipment to keep the parks operating.  Over the past few years, Hudson County has invested close to fifteen million dollars on upgrading the tennis facilities in the Hudson County park system.  “Most people don’t know that we have the best public tennis system around in our parks. People come from all over to use our courts. And, we don’t charge,” McCann said.  They have also invested in new ball fields and track facilities. “With over fifty organizations including Hudson County schools using the park facilities for their sports’ events, more open space in Hudson County is a priority,” McCann stated.

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Movies for June

OCEAN’S THIRTEEN
Opening June 8, 2007
Comedy

oceans13What would Sinatra, Sammy and Dean think about the Ocean series? In this next installment Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his ever expanding band of merry men plot their latest heist. Also starring, of course, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle and Carl Reiner. But joining the cast are Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin, one of whom will play Danny’s love interest.

Cast George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Bernie Mac, Ellen Barkin plus others.

A MIGHTY HEART
Opens June 22, 2007
Drama

A Mighty HeartOff the front pages this story is Based on the horrific true story of Danny Pearl (Dan Futterman), the Wall Street Journal reporter who was abducted by terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan. When his wife Marianne (Angelina Jolie) hears the dire news, she rushes overseas to find Danny before he is executed. Alas, she never did …
Cast Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Will Patton, Sajid Hasan plus others

SICKO
Opening June 29, 2007
Documentary

SickoHe’s back and once again controversial filmmaker Michael Moore aims his camera and this time he looks at the diseased American health care industry for his latest documentary.

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Looking for Fun & Quirky Events:Visit the Florida Keys

(NewsUSA) – Visitors to the Florida Keys always find something unique and exciting to do, especially in the summer. The choices range from watching championship offshore powerboat races to enjoying culinary, musical, historical and cultural celebrations.

And for those in search of quirky, off-the-wall fun, the Keys certainly don’t disappoint. Key West even hosts an annual event celebrating chickens. Yes, chickens!

Fun-seekers should visit the Keys for these and other not-to-be-missed events.

* ChickenFest Key West: This celebration, which occurs each June, honors the vivacious, squawking Key West chicken with a variety of lighthearted events culminating in the “Poultry in Motion” parade.

* Underwater Music Festival: This unique annual concert in July is broadcast underwater for divers and snorkelers. It is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Hemingway Days* Hemingway Days: Fans of Ernest Hemingway’s literature and lifestyle commemorate the author’s July birthday each year in Key West, the island where the author lived and wrote throughout the 1930s. Events include a “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, the catch-and-release Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and an offbeat “Running of the Bulls.”
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