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Section 2, part 2

(1) Let’s all stop apologizing for the delayed response in our emails

(2) Bray Creech: Love # 11 thought for the day. So true. And thank you for including my column in this email.

(3) Ken Greenfield: Seeing you in pictures is like viewing an Al Hirschfeld print. Instead of looking for “Nina,” I keep looking for the thumbs up.

(4) Carol Seufert: This works for any position, really. A supportive work environment is key to so many things…

Want Happier Professors? Try Being Nice




(8) B.C. professor’s sleep trick gets attention from Oprah, Forbes, Guardian

(9) Grant Randall and Ginny Plaisted: Looking for a great vacation? Aruba … a beautiful Caribbean Island! We love the island so much, that we have a condo there and visit twice a year. The water is always warm and that beautiful color of blue. The tradewinds provide a perfect breeze. … As an extra bonus, everyone speaks English. There are also direct flights from the USA, and the US dollar is excepted everywhere. … The drinking water is the safest in the world. The restaurants are wonderful and grocery shopping is easy. … If you are looking for vacation spot, call us about visiting Aruba and staying in our lovely condo—pictured below. … Grant Randall and Ginny Plaisted, Rockfish Core (Biltmore Lake residents), 518.207.6608.

(10) Lisa Zaglin: Thanks to everyone who voted in the Colgate contest for Saint Andrew, Newtown, Pa to win a playground. I can’t believe we’ve moved from 5th place to 2nd place so quickly. We’ve got our work cut out for us to get to first place – more than 8,000 votes away. Please vote daily if you can. Thanks!

To vote, please click:



(13) The 9-minute strength workout

(14) Asheville Community Theatre: Vote once a day, every day to help us make it to the finals! We’re a contestant in the “A Community Thrives” project – and this grant would go a long way towards our dream of turning our storage building into an Education Complex! Voting runs through May 12!

To do so, please click:

Note: Vote for “Where Great Stories Begin: Creating a Youth Education Complex.”



Section 12A, NC events

(1) Penny White:

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(2) THE REALISTIC JONESES at 35 below from May 5-21

Meet the Joneses, and their new neighbors the Joneses. They discuss their lives. Their relationships intertwine. They discover the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share. Like a sitcom from a weird, melancholy world, “plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses do not appear often… Or ever, really” (The New York Times).

Get tickets and more info:

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Note: Just saw this production and liked it. Methinks you will, too. See next week’s issue for more information about the show.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) ‘Boy from Oz’ Is Story of Famed Singer/Songwriter Peter Allen at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre May 12 to 21

West Windsor, N.J. – Growing up in the Australian Outback, young Peter Allen has dreams of seeing his name in lights on Broadway. “The Boy from Oz” is Allen’s story – of his spectacular rise to the top as a singer/songwriter and the trials that come with fame. Forte Dramatic Productions partners with Pierott Productions to bring Allen’s musical biography to the stage at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times are Fridays, May 12 and 19 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 13 and 20 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on May 12.

Featuring songs written by Allen, the show premiered on Broadway in 2003 with Hugh Jackman in the starring role. Charting Allen’s path to international stardom, the show also features Judy Garland, who “discovered” him early in his career, and Garland’s daughter, Liza Minnelli, whom he married and later divorced.

Notes the show’s director, John Zimmerman, the original Broadway production is mostly remembered for Hugh Jackman’s stunning performance, but “Boy from Oz” is more than a one-man show. “Not only does the show feature a star turn for our leading man, Andrew Ruggieri, but also showcases Judy Garland (Gina Whalen), Liza Minelli (Christina Kosyla), and some interesting and poignant characters from Allen’s colorful life,” Zimmerman said, adding that the dance and vocal ensemble numbers are also show-stopping. “They are pulling off some amazing physical and vocal choreography that is worth the price of admission all on their own.”

Zimmerman predicts that Kelsey patrons are likely to talk about this show for years to come. “Theatergoers will experience an intimate evening with the singer/songwriter, as well as the glitz and glamor of Radio City and the Copacabana. And, Andrew Ruggieri [as Allen] is a young man who is on his way to something big,” he said.

In addition to Ruggieri, of Glendora, N.J., in the lead role, the cast features Teddy Brendel of Cranbury as Young Peter; Gina Whalen of Millstone Township as Judy Garland; Susan Fowler of Yardley, Pa., as Marion Woolnough; Christina Kosyla of Lawrenceville as Liza Minnelli; Andre Williams of Franklin Park as Greg Connell; Peter Sauer of Yardley, Pa., as Dee Anthony; Frank Ferrara of West Windsor as Dick Woolnough; Mark Applegate of Washington Crossing, Pa., as Chris Bell; and John Russel of Hamilton as the Bartender.

The dance ensemble includes Nicole Farina-Machin (dance captain) of Columbus, Kaitlyn Anthony of Bordentown, Jaci D’Ulisse of Trenton, Simon Hamilton of Princeton, Deanna Flanagan of Rahway, John Katchisin of South Amboy, Madison Kotnarowski of Trenton, Evan Krug of Edison, Sally Page Sohor of Manalapan, Todd Roman of Fords, Chris Shore of Toms River, and Kelly Vallery of Hamilton.

The pit singers are Brielle Fattori of Yardville, Marilyn Hall of Levittown, Pa., Amanda O’Brien of Langhorne, Pa., and Nicholas Pecht of Hamilton.

In addition to direction by John Zimmerman, the production team includes Producers Stephanie Zimmerman and John Demeter, Vocal Director Aimee Robidoux, Pit Conductor Lou Woodruff, Choreographer Koren Zander and Stage Manager Beverly Kuo-Hamilton. Costumes are by Anthony Remer and props are by Amy Bessellieu. Technicians include Scott Monsees, Mike Skelly and Jimmy Zimmerman.

Tickets for “The Boy from Oz” are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students. Tickets are available at or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

(2) THE EXPLORERS CLUB runs through May 21 at ActorsNET. For a review of this show, which one reviewer said “gets big laughs, please click:


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