‘Yasmina’s Necklace’ morphs from comedy to tragedy

‘Yasmina’s Necklace’ morphs from comedy to tragedy

By Daniel Jackovino Staff Writer UNION, N.J. — “Yasmina’s Necklace,” the current Premiere Stages production at Kean University, begins as a situation comedy about an arranged marriage but develops into a nightmare. Written by Rohina Malik and directed by Kareem Fahmy, the story is set in Chicago, sometime following the 2003 war between America and […]

Review: ‘The Wake’ presents a storm within a storm

Review: ‘The Wake’ presents a storm within a storm

By Daniel Jackovino / Staff Writer UNION, NJ — “The Wake,” the 2019 Premiere Stages Play Festival winner, by Tammy Ryan, is currently at the Bauer Boucher Theatre Center at Kean University through Sunday, July 28. Directed by Glen Ridge resident John Wooten, the play is about two estranged sisters reuniting in a rented Florida […]

Summit-based filmmaker celebrates Emmy for documentary

SUMMIT, NJ — Frank Guastella never imagined himself as a documentary filmmaker, let alone an Emmy Award-winning one. Guastella’s first documentary, “I Can’t, I Have Rehearsal” which features six New Jersey high schools — including Summit, Union, Rahway — and their productions of “Mary Poppins” opened his eyes to the world of filmmaking. The film […]

Cranford returns to movies with local’s role in film

Cranford returns to movies with local’s role in film

CRANFORD, NJ — Older Cranford residents may remember when their town was the setting for the 2005 major motion picture “Guess Who?” starring Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac and Zoe Saldana — a comedic remake of the 1967 drama “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”. Cranford has made it to Hollywood for the second time in 12 years […]

Given the gift of living a little World War II history

Given the gift of living a little World War II history

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Considering there are only 12 airworthy B-17 bombers still flying in the world, and only eight of those in the United States, this was the opportunity of a lifetime that I couldn’t resist: a ride on the workhorse bomber of the Second World War. It was not a video game nor virtual […]

Elizabeth Arts Council celebrates Women’s History Month

Elizabeth Arts Council celebrates Women’s History Month

ELIZABETH, NJ — To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Elizabeth Arts Council is holding an exhibit throughout the month of March, with an opening reception tonight, March 9, at Elizabeth’s main public library. The works of artists Paula Borenstein, Virginia Mason Pagdon, Suree Minnatee, and Danielle Curia will be on display. Since its inception in 1998, […]

Local author is turning fantasy into a reality

Former Cranford resident finds continued inspiration from his Union County past

CRANFORD, NJ — Author Kevin J. Kessler may always consider himself a “Jersey boy” at heart, but the journalist-turned-adventure fantasy writer expresses little regret about his life-changing decision to relocate to sunny central Florida. Since moving to Orlando less than two years ago, Kessler has accomplished a lifelong dream of becoming an author and releasing his […]

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