Friday, August 18, 2017

Sometimes History Is Just This Clear, Ya Know?

Know your history, America. 
It was the Democrat Party that aided, abetted and consistently supported slavery and, later, segregation, bias and discrimination. When African-Americans cried out for freedom, The Democrat Party mostly looked the other way.
Don't be fooled!
Slaves would never have been freed and civil rights laws would never have been enacted without the Republican Party. 
It's a simple historical fact.

A Smart, Savvy, Reasoned Approach To Madness!

Condoleezza Rice tells it like it is. Are you listening, America?

An Absolutely Dazzling Display You'll Never Forget!

On the Upper West Side of New York City, just across from Central Park, you'll find one of the most dazzling displays you'll ever encounter. Tucked into the fourth floor of the spacious New York Historical Society is a unique gallery of 100 illuminated glass lamps that celebrate the designs of Louis C. Tiffany, Clara Driscoll, and the “Tiffany Girls.” The "girls" were the artisans who brought Tiffany's designs to life, creating the distinctive lamps that have beguiled the world for more than a century.
The Museum’s Tiffany Lamp collection includes multiple examples of the Dragonfly shade, a unique Dogwood floor lamp (ca. 1900–06), a Wisteria table lamp (ca. 1901), and a rare, elaborate Cobweb shade on a Narcissus mosaic base (ca. 1902), among many others.
The hidden history behind the lamps offers a fascinating look at the contributions of women in the creation of this art. Louis C. Tiffany (1848–1933) was the artistic genius behind Tiffany Studios. However, he was not the exclusive designer of its lamps, windows, and luxury objects: Clara Driscoll (1861–1944), head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department from 1892 to 1909, has recently been revealed as the designer of many of the firm’s leaded glass shades. Driscoll and her staff, self-styled the “Tiffany Girls,” labored in anonymity but were well compensated. Driscoll’s weekly salary of $35 was on par with that of Tiffany’s male designers, a reflection of his regard for her abilities. The lamps in this exhibition reflect the prodigious talent of designers and artisans who worked in anonymity to fulfill Tiffany’s aesthetic vision.
We recently took advantage of the opportunity to explore this extraordinary gallery and we assure you -- this is a not-to-be-missed Manhattan attraction!

All photos copyright 2017 by Dan Cirucci.

And Now, The BIG Question Of The Moment . . .

Get To Work; Do Your Job; Keep Your Promises!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Well, Maybe THIS Is The Way To Do It . . .

Don't Let THEIR Devious Strategy Trap YOU!


Here is a very special message from

ISIS terrorists killed 13 people and injured 80+ in Barcelona this morning.

The stories are horrifying. Tragic.

And now CNN is asking: Was this a Charlottesville copycat?

And yesterday morning, the baby-butcher cheerleaders at NARAL tweeted: “Anti-choice groups & white supremacists have something important in common: They both want to control women’s bodies.

Are you noticing the trend?

If you are pro-life, conservative, Republican… or if you don’t believe in mob rule -- then obviously you must be a racist, KKK-loving, neo-nazi enemy of America. And if you refuse to fall in line, and kiss the ring of the new ruling class, you will be shamed into submission.

The strategy of the Left is working brilliantly.

Many people I talk to feel trapped. They detest the racist “alt-right” fringe, who opposes everything they profess and stand for. But they feel threatened…even scared to speak up for what they believe lest they be trashed and slandered by the Left-wing mafia and the mainstream media.

We made clear in our message on Monday --- racism is evil. Period. And it must be opposed.

But the Radical Left wants to seize on this crisis and use it to advance their progressive revolution. This morning a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois -- the Land of Lincoln -- was burned (and not in an area where the alt-right exists). Meanwhile, prominent left-wing commentators are now wondering aloud whether we should “blow up” Mt. Rushmore.

No, this isn’t a joke. 

The truth is the radical Left has completely taken over the Democratic Party. And their allies in the media are eager to pitch in and help them in every way possible. They’ve created a climate where they think good and decent Americans will sit down, shut up, and call it quits. Never let a good crisis go to waste. Remember?

Well, I’ve had enough.

The vast majority of Americans are nothing like the small band of neo-nazis who marched last weekend. What happened in Charlottesville was a disgrace. Racism persists in America. And it must be opposed.

Furthermore, people can debate the merits of President Trump’s response all they want. Did he say enough? Quickly enough? Were segments of the commie “Antifa” counter protest inciting violence too?

But I won’t sit by and allow millions of good people to get smeared by radical left-wing activists who are now exploiting this tragedy. 

Online websites like Facebook, GoDaddy and Airbnb are refusing to do business with neo-nazi groups. Good for them. But if a Christian business owner requests the liberty to not participate in a same-sex wedding -- they are shamed and sued.

This is not an apology for moral equivalency.

But the evidence is now clear.

This isn’t just about Charlottesville anymore.
Brian Burch

So, Tell Us: Where, Exactly, Does It End?

We May Never Get Over It, But Let's Heal!

Over the years I've done a lot of traveling through the South.
I've been to Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas. I've always enjoyed the South. I've marveled at the slower pace of living and the some of the history, values and tradition that are imbedded in that part of the country.
And, since I've always been a great fan of small towns and small town life, I've visited many small southern towns. Traveling through these hamlets I've invariably noticed that in practically every town square, space was set aside for a statue of a Confederate soldier and/or a memorial for those who fought for the South in the Civil War. Yes, Johnny Reb stands tall in countless towns throughout the South.
How did this happen and why is this so?
Well, it's important to remember that the South is the only area of the country ever to be invaded and destroyed -- on a massive, unparalleled scale -- by its own countrymen. The South was ravaged. Southerners were more than humiliated -- they were nearly wiped off the face of the earth. In fact, it's been estimated that the South suffered nearly a half million casualties during the Civil War. This should not be surprising as the Civil War was America's bloodiest conflict ever. Understand this -- we lost more of our own in a battle after battle against one another (a mortal "family feud," if you will) than we did in any other conflict, including World War II.
The South was the primary battlefield of the war and suffered most of all with $10 billion in property damage and two-fifths of its livestock destroyed. Whole areas of the South were leveled -- in many cases simply left as scorched earth. Union soldiers raided farms and plantations, stealing and slaughtering cows, chickens, turkeys, sheep and hogs and taking as much other food–especially bread and potatoes–as they could carry. (These groups of foraging soldiers were nicknamed “bummers,” and yes, they burned whatever they could not carry.)
To recognize this is no to embrace the cause of the Confederacy. It's simply a fact.
And yes, the Civil War was a great, great tragedy for our whole country -- no question about it. But for the South it became a kind of living hell. And, once vanquished, the South was impoverished in more ways than can be imagined. 
So, the South had to struggle to find any morsel of pride. To move forward, it had to remember and honor those who fought. And the South had to honor the fallen with respect so that it could retain a bit of dignity and self worth. That was truly one of the first steps that had to be taken to close wounds and turn the corner. It was not easy.
The North took note of all this and, by law, accepted Confederate soldiers as American veterans. Indeed, Confederate soldiers were granted the same protections as Union soldiers because of an act of Congress called Public Law 810 and other federal laws. They were also granted the same benefits as Union soldiers and were given the right to be buried in national military cemeteries with taxpayer-funded headstones, just like Union soldiers.
The Civil War really did pit brother against brother and sister against sister. It demonstrated again that the most bitter and destructive and tragic battles are the ones that occur within the same national family. 
To this day (one would hope) the Civil War reminds us that, no matter what, we must never let this happen again. We must bind ourselves together as our founding fathers admonished us: e pluribus unum, out of many, one.
Any time I pass any Civil War monument, be it a memorial to Union or Confederate soldiers, I shed a tear. I shed a tear for our nation, too -- for what we did to one another. 
So, as far as I can tell, that's the real purpose of those monuments -- that they should remind us of the cost of hate and violence and war, in the hope that we might never let this happen ever again!

Live, Propulsive, Intoxicating And Truly NON-STOP!

Are you looking for non-stop, high-energy entertainment that NEVER quits?
Do you long for supercharged, propulsive live music with great singing and jumpin/jivin stage antics that surprise and delight?
Do you long for music that provides the best of jazz, rock, bebop and classic song-styling in a unique package that immerses iteself in the pure joy of entertainment?
Then you need to see Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses and you need to see them ASAP.
We caught Prima Jr's show recently in West Chester and found ourselves cheering on Louis, his easy-on-the-eyes vocalist and his eight-piece band during a nearly two hour performance that started sky high and just kept climbing.
Yes, Prima does many of his father's classic numbers (like Angelina, Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, Jumpin 'n Jivin and Just A Gigilo) but he does them in his own updated style -- a style that pays homage to his daddy but also gives every classic a special newfangled twist. And Prima delivers many newer numbers and even a few country tunes in a mix that will have you laughing, clapping, swaying in your seats, stomping your feet and maybe even dancing. It's one of the liveliest evenings of entertainment we can ever remember.
Every single musician in Prima's band is top notch and each has a moment to shine as the evening's music keeps getting better and better and livelier and livelier. It fact, you're liable to literally gasp at the stellar performances you will witness -- including a jaw-dropping drum solo and a band member who plays two horn instruments at once! And after the show, Louis himself and the whole group will greet you.
Trust us -- this is pure entertainment the likes of which we haven't seen in decades! It's propulsive!
Click here to find out where Louis Prima Jr. and his pals will be performing.

Born in 1965, Louis Prima Jr. is the youngest child and only son of musician and entertainer Louis Prima. His mother Gia Maione began performing with his father in 1962. She taught Louis Jr. to play the drums at 5 years old. He grew up on the outskirts of Las Vegas, on his dad's golf course, Fairway to the Stars, and spent two weeks every summer at his grandparents' house in Toms River, New Jersey. His grandfather, Tom Maione, owned the Red Top Bar at Seaside Heights.
When the Prima family moved to New Orleans, he learned piano. His aunt, Sister Mary Ann, taught piano, and he quickly caught on. The family moved into the home that his father built for his mother on Pretty Acres Golf Course in Covington, Louisiana but soon realized the house might need to be razed due to a termite infestation. The family moved back to Las Vegas.
In school, Prima took band class and told his mother he wanted to play trumpet. He continued playing through high school, and cites his band directors Bruce Cullings and William "Mac" McMosley as major influences in his life. The high school bands were some of the top in the country, winning top honors in every competition. They competed in the Heavy Division of the Chaffey Jazz Festival, and they marched in the Fiesta Bowl and Sun Bowl.
After graduating from high school, Prima started college to enter the business world. He landed a good job, with what he believed a future, and dropped out of college after only one semester. Within a year, he found a band that was renamed Problem Child. Problem Child became popular in the local Vegas scene and at several venues in Hollywood. They opened for numerous acts in every genre, from Winger to Savatage.
In 1995, Problem Child disbanded, and Prima shifted his musical focus to his other love, the music and style of his father. Enlisting the talents of his sister Lena, who had long since quit the music business and established herself as a Las Vegas performer, Prima put together a band in his father's mold. With the aid of his father's keyboard player, Bruce Zarka, he assembled a band of some of the top musicians in Vegas. He left the music world and began a career in food and beverage management. He started a family and performed only casually with friends.
For several years Prima juggled the demands of a full-time job, part-time music career, and raising his children. In 2010 at age 44, he quit his lucrative day job. At a stage of life when some performers are hanging up their instruments in favor of more secure employment, Prima, a divorced father of two, gambled on a full-time career bringing his dad's musical style to new generations. "I may be good at management," he said, "but that's not what I was supposed to be doing."
Shortly after their breakout performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (aka Jazz Fest) came one of the highlights of his musical odyssey and a proud moment in his life. On July 25, 2010, the year his father would have turned 100, Prima, Spiegel and the Witnesses were present when his father's posthumous star was put on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On July 10, 2012 Prima and the Witnesses released their debut album, Return of the Wildest, on Warrior Records/Universal Music Distribution. Touring in support of Return of the Wildest, the band made their national television debut on Access Hollywood Live. Hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover had such a good time dancing along with the band that they were asked to return for the hit television show's Christmas special that had guest Henry Winkler jumping out of his seat to join in the mayhem. Their worldwide tour continued through October 2013, highlighted by their performance at the first BottleRock Napa Valley festival. sharing the bill with Macklemore, Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, and Kings of Leon.
Prima's second album, titled Blow, was recorded at Capitol Records in the same studio where his father and mother recorded.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Just In Case You Forgot . . .

Or maybe you never learned this or heard of it in the first place.
I did. I was there. And yes, I marched with Dr. King.

So the idea is NOT to answer hate with hate and not to answer violence with violence.
The idea is to answer hate with love and to answer violence with peace.
And, in our country -- IF we are to remain one nation -- this applies to everybody!

Hey, Get Ready America -- And PHOENIX!

The President of the United States is about to go on the road again.
You got that right -- President Trump will hold a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.
Anyone interested in attending can get tickets HERE.

Hey, Does THIS Seen Familiar To You? Yes?

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
--George Orwell 1984.

Maybe We Could All Use A Chuckle, Huh?

The Shocking Truth About What's Called 'Education'

What in the world happened to the liberal arts? 
A degree in the humanities used to transmit the knowledge and wisdom imbued in the works of great Western artists, writers, musicians and thinkers like Shakespeare and Mozart. But today, that same degree stresses Western racism, sexism, imperialism, and other ills and sins that reinforce a sense of victimhood and narcissism. 
So, what happened? Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute explains. 

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Maybe THIS Is How We Should Answer Her . . .

Know Your History? Mull This One Over . . .

He's Been Saying It For At Least 17 Years!

Flashback to 2000: Pay Attention! Trump rips David Duke and calls him a bigot.

A New Low, Even For The Crony News Network . . .

CNN, the originator and champion of fake news, reached a new low yesterday. Despicable!

'I Resent That He Just [Called It] A Copout!'

Laura Ingraham takes on Charles Krauthamer and lands one!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Make Absolutely No Mistake About It . . .

Face It: It'll Just Never Be Enough For Them!

Maybe You Can Answer THIS One For Us . . .

One Denounced; The Other Praised: CONTRAST!

Just So There's No Misunderstanding About This . . .

How Many Times Does He Have To Say It? Huh?

Watch the whole thing. Watch and listen to it ALL.
It's quite clear -- VERY clear -- isn't it?
President Trump has denounced KKK hate groups and not said anything racist or bigoted. Yet political opponents and mainstream media types continue to perpetuate a blatant lie. They simply will NOT give it up. 
Why? Maybe it's because they are biased and, yes -- hateful -- themselves. Maybe they just hate President Trump and his supporters and want to see him them vanquished.
Maybe the truth simply doesn't matter to them at all.
Why else would they behave this way? Why? 

Monday, August 14, 2017

C'mon, Admit It: Ya Gotta Wonder About THIS!

Listen To What They Have To Say; Listen CLOSELY!

We'd All Do Well To Remember THIS!

'In The Strongest Possible Terms . . . . '

Statement from President Donald J. Trump:

Based on the events that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, I would like to provide the nation with an update on the ongoing federal response to the horrific attack and violence that was witnessed by everyone.

I just met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that killed one innocent American and wounded 20 others. To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered.

As I said on Saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America.

And as I have said many times before: No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. We must love each other, show affection for each other, and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry, and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.

Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our Creator. We are equal under the law. And we are equal under our Constitution. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.

Two days ago, a young American woman, Heather Heyer, was tragically killed. Her death fills us with grief, and we send her family our thoughts, our prayers, and our love.

We also mourn the two Virginia state troopers who died in service to their community, their commonwealth, and their country. Troopers Jay Cullen and Burke Bates exemplify the very best of America, and our hearts go out to their families, their friends, and every member of American law enforcement.

These three fallen Americans embody the goodness and decency of our nation. In times such as these, America has always shown its true character: responding to hate with love, division with unity, and violence with an unwavering resolve for justice.

As a candidate, I promised to restore law and order to our country, and our federal law enforcement agencies are following through on that pledge. We will spare no resource in fighting so that every American child can grow up free from violence and fear. We will defend and protect the sacred rights of all Americans, and we will work together so that every citizen in this blessed land is free to follow their dreams in their hearts, and to express the love and joy in their souls.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America. Thank you very much.

It's Long, Long Past Time -- Isn't It?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

One Of The Voices You Hardly Ever Hear . . .

Is THIS What's Happening And How It Will End?

Every day in a multitude of situations, everywhere I turn I see Americans joining together, treating each other with respect and dignity and cooperating with one another.
I see ALL Americans getting along with one another day in and day out. And I see this in a myriad of ways -- a greeting, a simple smile, holding the door for someone, lending a hand, jumping in to help someone out. I see Americans of every color and every persuasion interacting in positive ways -- living together, working together, enjoying life together. This is all good.
Yet, once again we find ourselves drawn to what appears to be another racial conflict, magnified and touted by the media as if civil war has broken out. 
And we seem eternally haunted by a history of racial division.
So, let's repeat something that first appeared here in 2015. It just seems appropriate now:
When asked what Americans might do to heal the racial divide in our nation the esteemed actor Morgan Freeman once answered in three words: "Stop talking about it."
It does make a lot of sense, doesn't it?
In the purest meaning of the term, if we were really color blind then the subject of race would never come up. It would never be mentioned. And one's race would never be a factor.
We would then be living up to Dr. King's admonition to judge each person on the content of his character and not the color of his skin.
But it hasn't always worked out that way, has it?
In the first half of the last century the South kept a rancid form of racism alive with strictly-enforced segregation and Black disenfranchisement. In the second half of the century the North gained the upper hand through the enactment of civil-rights laws and the introduction of what was arguably a sort of reverse racism in the form of affirmative action, quotas, burgeoning race-related regulations and the dreaded political correctness.
Then, as the new century entered its first decade a huge breakthrough arrived far sooner than most people expected.
America elected its first Black president.
But this man who identified himself as African-American was really the product of a mixed-race marriage - a white mother and a black father. He was blended and, as such a person of color.
No matter, as might be expected, Blacks supported him at a rate of nearly 100 percent and they were joined by other persons of color as well as white liberals and young people.
As more than a million people witnessed his inauguration live in front of the U. S. Capitol Building, many wept openly and even the most die-hard skeptics expressed great hope. This was truly an historic moment -- a moment of such profound significance that it was really hard to find words to express it.
And now, here it is a mere 72 months later and we are once again mired in racial strife, conflict and tension.
Racially, the nation seems to be once again on tenterhooks.
What happened?
Well, actually a lot has happened since the civil rights revolution -- and plenty of it good.
According to the Census Bureau the median income of Blacks has nearly doubled since 1964 and the poverty rate among Blacks has fallen by 14 percent. Twenty-six percent of Blacks had high school diplomas in 1964; 85 percent did in 2012. And the number of Black people who have completed four years of college jumped from 4 percent to 21 percent.
Since 1964 discrimination in public and private hiring has been outlawed and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was created to enforce and advance these efforts. Indeed, African-Americans can now be found in every type of job and at pretty much every job level. And we all know that affirmative action and loan and incentive programs have actually encouraged the acceptance of minorities at colleges and universities and in hiring.
Discrimination walls have also fallen in the area of housing, public accommodations and most every other aspect of American life to the point where there is virtually no neighborhood or no public place that is off limits to any racial or ethnic group.
Likewise, Blacks and other minorities have made huge strides in the world of entertainment and advertising: TV, movies, theater and the popular culture.
Beyond all that, every public and private agency, corporation, group and entity imaginable has been sensitized to the laws and rules against racial discrimination and the need to reach out to, help and actively recruit racial minorities. If you don't know about any of this, you simply haven't been living in the same world we've been living in.
And yet, we still have anger, resentment and race-related or race-induced violence. And we're still told that we haven't done enough to repair the racial divide in America.
Why is this happening and where and how will it all end?
Was James Baldwin right when he said decades ago that "To be a negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time?"
Is that the way it has to be? Is the DNA of our nation so damaged by the scourge of slavery that this is the way it will always be?
Well, let's take a look at President Obama once again.
Let's do that, because in one very real way, he came to mirror the future of America.
Demographic experts tell us that among young people in this nation within a few short years there will be virtually no racial minorities. That is to say that among this group racial subgroups will be, statistically, fairly equal. What's more, by 2050 the nation will look that way as well -- each racial or ethnic group making up a nearly equal or close to equal portion of the total population.
This will happen for two reasons: Racial minorities are younger now and they will have many more children and at the same time, another big development that is already underway will accelerate: There will be much more intermarriage and blending of the races.
Interracial marriage in America was once not only a stigma but in many states it was downright illegal.
But those stigmas and laws have fallen as well and by 2010 about 15% of all new marriages in the United States were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another, more than double the share in 1980.
About 24% of all black male newlyweds in 2010 married outside their race. Also, about 36% of Asian female newlyweds married outside their race. The figures for Hispanics are similar to those for Asians. And while the figures are lower for black females and Asian males, the trend is nonetheless clear.
In fact, a quarter of all Americans now have a relative who is in a mixed-race marriage. And that number will keep growing.
More Asians. More Hispanics. More African Americans. More acceptance. More intermarriage.
By the middle of this century, America will be well on its way to being racially blended.
The future will be neither black nor white but somewhere in between.
The typical American citizen will simply be a person of color but he or she may not even be referred to that way as this will be the norm.
Vast numbers of people will be of (and have allegiance to) no particular race.
And maybe (nearly 200 years after the civil war) that's how the racial divide will finally end.

Now, Let's Start Right Here, OK?

A Snapshot Of Our Public Unraveling?


Racism is a poison of the soul. It's the ugly, original sin of our country, an illness that has never fully healed. Blending it with the Nazi salute, the relic of a regime that murdered millions, compounds the obscenity. Thus the wave of public anger about white nationalist events in Charlottesville this weekend is well warranted. We especially need to pray for those injured in the violence.

But we need more than pious public statements. 

If our anger today is just another mental virus displaced tomorrow by the next distraction or outrage we find in the media, nothing will change. Charlottesville matters. It's a snapshot of our public unraveling into real hatreds brutally expressed; a collapse of restraint and mutual respect now taking place across the country. 

We need to keep the images of Charlottesville alive in our memories. If we want a different kind of country in the future, we need to start today with a conversion in our own hearts, and an insistence on the same in others. That may sound simple. But the history of our nation and its tortured attitudes toward race proves exactly the opposite.

+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Remembering An Esteemed Leader . . . .

Statement from New Jersey State Sen. Tom Kean on the passing of former Senate President John Russo. (

“On behalf of the Senate Republicans, I would like to offer our condolences to Bob, Caryl, and their entire family on the passing of Senate President Russo,” said Kean. “He was a dedicated public servant, a loving father, and a leader committed to improving New Jersey for all its residents.”

Sen. Bob Singer (R-30), who serves as Senate Republican Conference Leader, is married to the former Caryl Lynn Russo, daughter of Senate President Russo.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Are You Convinced Now? Or Do You Need More?

Could This Be The BEST Country Music Song EVER?

I was raised off of oldRoute 3
Out past where the blacktop ends
We'd walked to church on Sunday morning
Race barefoot back to the Johnson's fence
That's where I first saw Mary
On that roadside pickin' blackberries
That summer I turned a corner in my soul
Down that red dirt road

It's where I drank my first beer
It's where I found Jesus
Where I wrecked my first car
I tore it all to pieces
I learned the path to heaven is full of sinners and believers
Learned that happiness on earth ain't just for high achievers
I've learned I've come to know
There's life at both ends
Of that red dirt road

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Warning: Don't Go Down This Road Again!

This is our first warning, New Jersey.
There will be more!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Moving Quickly To Create New Opportunities . . .

One week after Progresso Foods closed its Vineland plant, displacing 338 workers, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that Cumberland County-based F&S Produce was approved for tax credits under the Grow New Jersey Program, enabling the manufacturer to relocate to the soon-to-be vacant Progresso Foods plant in Vineland, offering new employment opportunities for Progresso’s former employees.

“Since we learned of the pending closure of the Progresso Foods plant, which had been a presence in South Jersey for decades employing hundreds of our residents, we have advocated for another company to utilize the facility and retain those employees,” Governor Christie said. “F&S Produce not only will keep a major food processing operation at the site, but they plan to expand and increase the number of workers. This is an important step to ensuring a stable and growing economy in the southern part of the state.”

Due to significant growth and increasing demand for its products, F&S Produce needed to expand. Through the efforts of the Christie Administration and Choose New Jersey, F & S, which evaluated new locations both within New Jersey and outside the state, decided to pursue the closed Progresso Foods Plant in Vineland.

F&S was approved for tax credits under the Grow New Jersey (Grow NJ) Program to encourage the manufacturer to relocate to the facility in Vineland. Advanced under the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act (EOA), Grow NJ is the State’s main job creation and retention incentive program and is administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA).

"This project exemplifies why Grow NJ was created - to drive growth in targeted industries and ensure the creation and retention of jobs in the state," said EDA Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen.

At its August Board meeting Tuesday, the EDA Board approved up to $21.7 million in Grow NJ tax credits over ten years to support F&S’ move to the W. Elmer Road facility, which would involve the creation of 60 new jobs, the retention of 380 jobs at risk of being relocated out of state, and private investment of nearly $18.79 million.

F&S was originally approved for Grow NJ tax credits in January related to another facility in Cumberland County; however, the company was presented with the opportunity to consider the alternative site, which offers it several advantages. The new location satisfies its industrial manufacturing needs, will save approximately six months of time in bringing the new plant up to production levels, and offers twice the space as the original facility, allowing F & S space for future expansion. Its relocation to this site also will prevent the facility from going dark and provides opportunities for workers displaced from layoffs.

F&S was founded in 1986 as a processor of fresh cut and individually quick-frozen produce, as well as specialty prepared refrigerated foods and purees for retail, foodservice and industrial customers throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. The company was also considering a location in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

As a cornerstone of the Administration’s economic development strategy, Governor Christie created the Partnership for Action as the hub for all economic development activity in New Jersey and is comprised of four interconnected and highly focused organizational elements: Choose New Jersey, The Business Action Center, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the EDA.

Remembering The Voice And Spirit Of A Legend!

The Broadway community mourns the loss of legendary actress and recording artist Barbara Cook, who passed away on Tuesday, August 8th at age 89. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York were dimmed in her memory on Wednesday, August 9th at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.
On Broadway, Ms. Cook was known for originating the roles of Amalia Balash in She Loves Me(1963), Marian Paroo in The Music Man (1957), and Cunegonde in Candide (1956). She also appeared in many Broadway concerts and specials including: Sondheim on Sondheim(2010), Barbara Cook's Broadway! (2004), Mostly Sondheim (2002), and Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre (1987). Her additional credits on Broadway include: Enemies (1972), The Grass Harp (1971), Little Murders (1967), Something More! (1964), Any Wednesday(1965), The Gay Life (1961), Carousel (1957), Plain and Fancy (1955), Carousel (1954), Oklahoma! (1953), and Flahooley (1951).
“Barbara Cook was an unforgettable talent with a voice that dazzled audiences and kept them coming back over her 50-year career. With charisma, determination, and perseverance she made a remarkable contribution to theatre and inspired fans around the world,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and colleagues.”
In 1958 Ms. Cook won the Tony Award® for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for The Music Man. She received a second Tony Award nomination in 2010 for Sondheim on Sondheim. She was the recipient of many honors including the Theatre World Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Grammy Award.
Ms. Cook’s full Broadway biography can be found on the Internet Broadway Database.

A Family Delight During The Dog Days Of August?

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School.
This, however, is not his story. 
This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. “An alternative narrative for the underdog” (Wall Street Journal).Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic is a Potter inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story. 
The play that “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. 
Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers "who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they were in the stories all along” (Hollywood Life). 
Their “hilariously heartfelt!” (Metro) and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.See Puffs with the whole family! 

Buy one ticket at full price and each additional ticket is 50% off. The more you buy, the more you save! Family Friendly matinees on Saturday and Sunday are perfect for ages from 8 to 80.