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One Simple Step Can Improve the Health and Vigor of Your Lawn

By Melinda Myers

Do just one thing this fall and you can improve the health and vigor of your lawn.  Fall fertilization helps lawns recover from the stresses of summer and provides needed nutrients to grow deeper roots and a denser stand of grass. And that means fewer weeds and a healthier lawn that’s more resistant to drought, insects and diseases.

Fertilize around Labor Day as the temperatures begin to cool and lawns start spreading outward instead of growing upward. Continue to leave clippings on the lawn. They return nutrients, moisture and organic matter to the soil.  Consider it free fertilizer applied every time you mow the lawn. Continue reading One Simple Step Can Improve the Health and Vigor of Your Lawn

AC Ballet Kicks Off The Holiday Season With It’s A Shore Holiday

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This Thanksgiving weekend the Atlantic City Ballet will be bringing back It’s A Shore Holiday to help kick off the holiday season. It’s A Shore Holiday blends classical and contemporary dance set to beloved holiday tunes. This “Radio City-esque” review will feature the AC Ballet Professional company along with live singers accompanied by the AC Ballet Ensemble, a six piece band. Although The Nutcracker will always remain a holiday staple in the ballet’s repertoire, this production allows those who may never entertain the idea of going to the ballet a chance to see for themselves what it’s like. Phyllis Papa, AC Ballet’s Artistic Director can attest to that. “It really showcases the company’s versatility because there is all forms of dance incorporated throughout the show. We love to be able to bring ballet to people in ways they may not have imagined”. This production first premiere in 2013 and was such a hit, that the company thought it would be a great way to start the holidays. Appropriate for the entire family, there is something for everyone including dancing snowmen, chipmunks and dancing soldiers who perform their entire routine on pointe. It’s A Shore Holiday will be sure to capture audience’s imagination of every age. It’s a one of a kind celebration for the entire family and a holiday tradition you’ll want to see again and again. Continue reading AC Ballet Kicks Off The Holiday Season With It’s A Shore Holiday

St. Francis Community Center Gift of Warmth Project

Attention all Community Members! It’s that time again to think about our Gift of Warmth Project! St. Francis Community Center annual holiday project is underway and we need your help. This project is focused on keeping the children in our community warm throughout the winter. In past years, this project has provided over 800 children with blankets, clothing and footwear.

If you are interested in being a part of this year’s project you can help in the following ways:

• Sponsor a family: provide “Gifts of Warmth” to all children in a particular family. If you would like to sponsor a family or need more information please call 609-494-8861 ext. 194.

• Monetary Donations (including gift cards) may be mailed to: 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ 08008 or dropped off at the front desk of the Community Center.

• Grab a Tag! Tags with gift requests are located at St. Francis Community Center and at the Brant Beach Church. Tags are also available at trees located throughout the community: Causeway Chiropractic, Ocean Medical, The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House, Mud City Crabhouse, Farias Surf and Sport and Murphy’s Market.

Help us attain our goal of serving the children of 275 families within our community.

Gifts should be returned no later than December 11 at the St. Francis Community Center foyer. Distribution of the Gift of Warmth Project begins on December 16 and 17. Information can also be found on our website: www.stfranciscenterlbi.org.

We appreciate all of the support our community provides to serve those in need. This project would not be possible without YOU!!! If you need additional information please contact St. Francis Community Center at 609-494-8861 or email: kalloco@stfrancislbi.org.

November is the Cruelest Month for Moms

By Amy Byrnes

Anyone who agrees with T.S. Eliot’s assessment that “April is the cruelest month” has obviously never spent time trying to be a mom in New Jersey during November.

This week alone, my fifth grader has two days off. I didn’t even know about one of them until last weekend.

Out of the possible 20 full days of school this month, the students in our district have four of them off and there will be early dismissals for another four of those days to accommodate conferences at the end of the month. Continue reading November is the Cruelest Month for Moms