Sunday, January 7, 2018

Review: Hardcore Twenty-Four

Hardcore Twenty-Four Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I think this may be the Plum saga's jumping the shark book. I'm not sure which irritates me more, Stephanie pumping her own gas or the lack of character in this book. Ms Evanovich has lived in New Hampshire too long, she has forgotten Jersey Girls NEVER pump gas. This in NJ where it is blessedly illegal to pump gas. [Seriously, it is 7 degrees out, why in Gods name would anyone want to get out of their car to fill up?]

Years ago when the first three books were out, my friend's teenager and her girlfriends wanted to read the series. Their parents wanted to know if the series were appropriate for the girls, I said yes. The books were light and laugh out loud funny. Stephanie was working in a new field, taking the advice from a great mentor who was super sexy. She had an on again/off again relationship with a high school flame who had a good job and was super sexy. Unfortunately in the 20 books since Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli have had little character growth. Meanwhile that teenager has become a lovely woman, married and about to have her 1st baby. Where I used to purchase the book and read the Plum books the day they came out, I have lately been borrowing them from the library. Now I'm at the point, I'll read the reviews, if it looks like the characters have finally grown [adding Diesel doesn't count, he should go back to his own series] I'll consider reading Plum again.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review: My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves

My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves by Agnes Nixon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an amazing life Agnes led! It was interesting to know the first show Agnes worked on "Guiding Light" was the first show I worked on, albeit decades apart. Continuing the how small is this world, one of her early scripts picked up by Hallmark Hall of Fame “Forgotten Children” starred Morgan [Dylan, GL] Englund’s mom Cloris Leachman. The biopic of Martha Berry and the founding of Berry College, which is supported by Daughters of the American Revolution. If only I had half the talent of Agnes…

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Roxbury Rocks making the rescheduled Wreaths Across America a success

First the community and local business showed they will never forget veterans by sponsoring a wreath for every veteran grave in the cemeteries on Main St. Then weather forced us to change plans, cancelling the Saturday remembrance ceremony and rescheduling the wreath laying. Despite only a few hours’ notice the cemetery staff and 35 volunteers came out on Friday to lay over 400 wreaths. Ferro Monte Chapter DAR and Presbyterian Church member Sue Anderson opened Fellowship Hall providing hot chocolate and coffee to the very cold volunteers.

Sunday afternoon eager volunteers were waiting for the staff to lay the remaining wreaths in the First Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church cemeteries. The group then moved to Main Street, where NJDAR State Librarian Heather Smith and VFW Post 2833 Commander John Lehnert presided over a shortened memorial service. The ceremonial wreaths were posted by PFC Will Doran and local scouts.

In a moment befitting the season, Trisha Passannante who after closing up Bryan’s Luncheonette for the day drove by as we were posting the military wreaths. She spontaneously reopened the luncheonette to provide hot chocolate and cookies to all the participants!

Thank you so much to all of you who have shown your support of Roxbury Wreaths Across America by sponsoring wreaths. We would like to say a special thanks to our corporate sponsor Towne Auto Restoration for providing 100 wreaths and our business sponsor Jim Salerno Buick GMC for providing 50 wreaths. We want to acknowledge those sponsors who have donated 10 or more wreaths: 

Roxbury Rotary                                                     Scotty’s Trees
Ronetco Supermarkets                                           Caivano Family
Steven Alford                                                        Shaun Hamman      
W.Kodak Jewelers                                                 Mike Salvatore
Hearth & Home                                            IHOP Kenvil
Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home               McDonough Family
Fullerton Landscaping                                            Moretrench
Senator Bucco & Assemblyman Bucco         Arentowicz Family
Delsea Termite and Pest Control                             Lawler Railing
DeFillippo Family                                                 Jean Acken    
MJM Contracting Services                                    JackSon Services
Towne Auto Restoration                                          Jim Salerno Buick GMC
         Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce

The Ferro Monte Chapter, NSDAR wants to thank all those who gave of their time and talents to make this event a success, especially the following groups, businesses and individuals:

First Presbyterian Church                               United Methodist Church
Roxbury Township DPW                               ADP Florham Park
VFW Post #2833                                               VFW Auxiliary Post #2833 
Roxbury Township Police                               Leo Coakley
Gail Corbett                                                          Carol Grobels  
Girl Scout Troops                                               Boy Scout Troops 
Brownie Troops                                               Cub Scout Troops
Ronetco Supermarkets                                        Bryans Luncheonette
TAPinto Roxbury        

#SayTheirNames #WAA2016

After a short break to celebrate the holiday we will begin planning for Roxbury Wreaths Across America 2017. So save the date December 16, 2017!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Celebrating the Foundation of the United States of America ~ DAR Promotes Constitution Week

The Ferro Monte Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is celebrating Constitution Week. Mayor Rilee read the Council’s proclamation at the September 6th Roxbury Town Council meeting. Ferro Monte chapter members gave out Preamble to the Constitution bookmarks and pocket Constitutions at Suckasunny Day. The First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna joined churches across the country ringing church bells at 4pm on Saturday the 17th to commemorate the signing of the Constitution. 

Ferro Monte Chapter Regent Kim Armstrong and Constitution Week Chair Sue Anderson will be attending the naturalization ceremony at Washington's Headquarters in the Morristown National Park on Thursday September 22nd. Sue Anderson and Melvina Annis created a Constitution Week and 225th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Bill of Rights display that can be viewed in the lobby of the Roxbury Township Public Library throughout the month of September.

Two Documents of Paramount Importance to American History

The Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. This annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the Society’s work.

Establishing Constitution Week

The DAR initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17-23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study to the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to inform people that the Constitution is the basis of American’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend, and preserve the Constitution.

The NSDAR is a volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, historic preservation, and better education for children via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service and more. Membership is open to any woman 18 year or older who can prove lineal descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence. For additional information or a DAR application email: or visit our Facebook page.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review: Privy to the Dead

Privy to the Dead Privy to the Dead by Sheila Connolly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fiction and real life meet. In Sheila Connolly Privy to the Dead, construction at the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society uncover an old privy. What is found in the centuries old toilet leads the society staff to solve mysteries both current and historic. In real life the building of the new Revolutionary War Museum construction has uncovered a number of old privies that date back to the revolution. I wonder how many of those relics will find a home in the new museum.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Review: Fundraising the Dead

Fundraising the Dead Fundraising the Dead by Sheila Connolly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sheila Connolly has created a series I just love. Based in Philly, Nell works in the nonprofit world at a historical museum, hello Cathy! Board member Marty Terwilliger, who is related to almost everyone in town, is the best friend a fundraiser can have. The museum staff is dedicated and interestingly quirky. The collections in the museum can provide fodder for many a story. The FBI connection is an interesting twist to the typical cozy format. I am thrilled to see the series is now available on Audible.

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