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Section 2, part 2

(1) Bob H. in NJ: One of my favorite people in Bucks County when I was at Lower Bucks Hospital was Art Mayhew. He was really the newspaperman’s newspaperman.  We got along very well.  Before he became publisher he was #2 to Grover Friend, who served on our board and became chairman. He also was on the Temple University Board.  So Art was favorably disposed to LBH.

He helped us, as publishers can, in numerous ways.  I hope he is well.

(2) Henry W. in NY: Saw only one movie this year at the New York Film Festival this year – “Clouds of Sils Maria” – but it is a remarkable film. Shot predominantly in the picturesque Swiss mountains, Juliette Binoche stars as a still-in-demand, middle-aged actress, who is offered the role of a 40 year-old troubled businesswoman in a play that made her famous 20 years earlier when she played the complicated role of the businesswoman’s 20 year-old assistant. Binoche is forced to deal with the conflicts this role would present in this complex meditation on the passage of time and life imitating art or vice versa. Kristen Stewart almost steals the movie as Binoche’s brilliantly insightful “real-life” personal assistant.


(4) Susan M. in NJ: Which Yiddish word best describes your personality?

(5) An introvert’s guide to networking

(6) Nancy W. in NC: I don’t think you ever sit still.

(7) Arlene D. in PA: 46 Years ago, I took banjo lessons. I always loved the banjo. I had to quit because I became pregnant, and as time went on, I had difficulty holding the banjo properly. The only song I learned to play was “Those were the days.” I still have the banjo–always meaning to have it tuned, restrung, and return to taking lessons. So far, that hasn’t happened–but it might! Can’t part with it.


Section 12A, NC events


Jewish Food & Heritage Festival
Sunday, October 19th
11:00 – 4:00
Pack Square

Corned Beef or Pastrami on Rye, Bagels & Lox, Noodle Kugel, Blintzes, Matzah Ball Soup and more!

Bakery Booth for Rugelah, Mandel Brot, Bobka, Challah and more!
Plan to go early, the food is so good they can run out of some items.
There are great prizes in the raffle, pick up a ticket.

(2) Annemarie B. in NC: Open House in Asheville on Sunday, October 19

We are so excited that we just completed our first Residential Redevelopment Renovation!

Just in case you can’t get by if you live in Asheville, check out the MLS and below the link to the tour.  We totally gutted this built in 1917 house and replaced everything creating an entirely new floor plan and house.  It is unrecognizable now and just like new.

Here is a link to the customer MLS display with gallery:

And here is the virtual tour:


Section 12B, PA/NJ events


(1) Unlikely Alliance Yields Powerful Life Lessons in ‘Charlotte’s Web’ at Kelsey Theatre Nov. 1

West Windsor, N.J. – Young audiences will learn moving lessons of friendship and love delivered by a most unlikely duo – a spider and a pig! – as Theatreworks USA presents the heartwarming musical “Charlotte’s Web” at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre.  Performances are on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Theatreworks’ production of “Charlotte’s Web” is based on E.B. White’s tender tale of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops!  Charlotte, a fine writer and true comrade, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman – she will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution that not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever.  This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.

Based in New York City, Theatreworks USA is America’s largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theater company for youth and family audiences.  Since 1961, the company has enlightened, entertained and instructed more than 90 million people in 49 states and Canada.

Tickets are $10 for children and seniors, and $12 for adults. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Free parking is available next to the theatre.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

(2) Playful Theatre’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” Is Powerful Retelling of Jesus’s Final Days, Coming to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Nov. 7-16

West Windsor, N.J.  – When the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” hit the Broadway stage in 1971, it was an electrifying leap into a new kind of musical.  The power of the music and the story that it tells still resonate some four decades later.  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s Tony-Award winning show will be presented by Playful Theatre Productions at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre in November.  Performance dates are Fridays, Nov. 7 and 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Nov. 9 and 16 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 Nov. 7.

Loosely based on St. John’s Gospel account of the last week in the life of Jesus, the complex story is intensified by its musical retelling through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.  Mixing issues of religion, politics both ancient and decidedly contemporary, mob psychology and personal responsibility, this riveting show is a must-see production for its depiction of the life and times of Jesus, and its groundbreaking place in the annals of musical theater.

The cast stars Michael Scibilia of Willow Grove, Pa., as Jesus; Richard Damaso of Milltown as Judas Iscariot; Vianna Fagel of Lawrenceville as Mary Magdalene; Ben Simons of North Brunswick as Pontius Pilate, and Maria Aromando of Bridgewater as Herod.  Also featured are Evan Bilinski of Franklin Park as Caiaphas the High Priest; Tia Brown of Ewing as Simon Zealotes; and Matt Dawson of Hillsborough as Annas the High Priest.

The Apostles include Reginald Brockington of Hamilton, Melody Dougherty of Philadelphia, Pa., Jennifer Fischer of Hamilton, Michael Gearty of Langhorne, Pa., Bridget Hughes of Jackson, Paul Lasky of Hamilton, Jenna O’Neill of Hamilton, Christopher Singh of West Windsor and Michael Zweig of Philadelphia, Pa.  Lead dancers are Kaitlyn Anthony of Bordentown and Emily O’Sullivan of Hamilton.

The show is directed by Frank Ferrara, with musical direction by Shannon Ferrara, associate musical direction by Mike Gilchand, and choreography by Renee Chambers-Liciaga. Costumes are by Michelle Rittmann and set design is by Bryan Schendlinger. Ruth Kresge and Nancy Scharf are the stage managers and Hilary Leboff and Suzanne Smith are the producers.

Tickets for “Jesus Christ Superstar” are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and children.  Free parking is available next to the theater.  Tickets may be purchased online at 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.

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