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Wednesday, October 17 2018 @ 01:16 AM EDT
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Wednesday, October 17 2018 @ 01:16 AM EDT
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

Honda Element SC makes for good chemistry with smitten buyers


HONDA ELEMENT
HONDA ELEMENT
When the Honda Element debuted in late 2002, it was among the first small, car-based utility vehicles, rearranged from the basic underpinnings of the Civic.

In a recent week's test, I parked the '07 model next to a Jeep Compass - a new-generation, car-based utility vehicle. It is remarkable how much bigger and taller the Element is. And the Compass, based on the Dodge Caliber, gets a 2-inch lift for off-road ability.
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Today's content creators, advertisers deal with a fractured market


MASS MEDIA
MASS MEDIA
Turns out the revolution will not be televised. You'll probably have to catch it on the Internet instead.

And no doubt there is a revolution going on. There is a fundamental shift in how people are consuming all forms of media. It is not only what we watch, read and listen to, but how we do it.

There have been important transformations before, as print was joined first by radio and then by television, but the size and force of the changes bearing down are historic.
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New Windows software puts parents in control of computer use


SCREENING WINDOWS
SCREENING WINDOWS
For years, Microsoft asked consumers, "Where do you want to go today?"

With the launch of the company's new Windows Vista operating system next year, the software company will turn that old slogan on its head, essentially asking parents, "Where do you not want your kids to go today?"

In Vista, the world's largest software company will for the first time emphasize parental controls.  Parents will be able to restrict online activities, limit computer use, control the types of games played and block the use of specific programs.
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BBC fashion experts cross the pond


FASHION CRIME FIGHTERS
FASHION CRIME FIGHTERS
The British are coming and they've declared war - on American fashion. Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, the witty British fashionistas and hosts of the original BBC series "What Not to Wear," have tracked down the biggest crimes of fashion we American women make - and compiled them into a new self-help book: "Trinny and Susannah Take on America: What Your Clothes Say About You" (HarperCollins; $19.95).

In the U.S. on a tour to promote the book, the two took time out to talk from the St. Regis Hotel in New York about the top style "crimes" they've experienced through their regular appearances on Oprah Winfrey's makeover shows, encouraging women to reinvent themselves through changing their attitude and the way they dress.
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November Break Teen Scavenger Hunt at Library


During the November teacher's conference break, Paramus teens are invited to a night out at a "Library Scavenger Hunt". On Thursday, November 9th from 6:30pm-8:30pm, kids in grades 5-8 will scavenger for clues throughout the Reid Branch Library, having fun and learning research techniques in the process. Pizza will be served. Sign-ups are ongoing and available at either library.
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Overloading on vitamins can pose health risks


TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
We live in the land of excess. We eat too much and in too-large portions. We drive supersized vehicles that burn too much gas. And we spend way too much time in front of the computer or TV. So, it should be no surprise that when it comes to vitamin and mineral supplements, we often take the attitude that if one is good, three or four are better.

"If you assume that because vitamins are natural, more is better, you'd be mistaken," says Cheryl Rock, researcher and professor of nutrition at the University of California San Diego's School of Medicine. "You'd also be mistaken if you think that the government wouldn't let something be on store shelves if it could harm you. There is no (government regulation) of vitamin and nutritional supplements."
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Battle against Alzheimer's also a battle against time


UNRAVELING ALZHEIMER’S
UNRAVELING ALZHEIMER’S
When neuroscientist Leon Thal first became interested in the puzzles of Alzheimer's disease 30 years ago, he didn't realize how tough they would be to solve.

After testing more than 100 drugs in thousands of patients, Thal and other researchers haven't found a way to stop the devastating loss of memory and function that afflicts 4.5 million Americans.
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'The Donald' puts Trump 'brand' on Mexican condo-hotel


TRUMP CONDO
TRUMP CONDO
In the world of real estate, Donald Trump has planted his flag on many lands, from Manhattan and Chicago to more distant reaches of the world, as in Korea and the Grenadine Islands. Now, the latest addition to his empire: Baja California, Mexico.

Already a popular choice for Americans looking to invest in oceanfront property, Baja's northern coast has caught the eye of The Donald.
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Food for the sole


TOOTSIE TOES
TOOTSIE TOES
The natural reaction to the mention of chocolate pedicures?

What a waste of good chocolate.

So I make an appointment, fully expecting a treatment I'd rather eat than wear on my feet.

Chocolate pedicures, it turns out, are one of several signature services on the menu at L.A. Styles Salon and Day Spa in Dunlap, Ill.
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Cruise control and 'Mission' debriefing


‘MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III’
‘MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III’
Executive summary: What you need to take away from this column - Tom Cruise did his own stunts in "Mission Impossible III" (Paramount, 2 1/2 stars).

Really. That's the message that gets hammered home, over and over, in the extras on the "two-disc collector's edition," which is now available on DVD.

Pick a feature off the discs - and it doesn't matter which one.
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Three new Internet scams to avoid


By now we're all familiar with phishing and Nigerian money scams. But if you think those are the only Internet scams, think again. There are new scams, and they're coming from surprising places.

Astroturfing

Viral marketing has become popular - and successful - on the Internet. For example, studios create MySpace profiles for movies. Then they wait for netizens to create a buzz.
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Animal-rights activists stir the pot over foie gras


DELICACY OR DISGUSTING
DELICACY OR DISGUSTING
When it's prepared just right, a piece of foie gras has a buttery texture and a rich hazelnut flavor; it becomes sublime on a toasty piece of bread with a tart fruit puree and maybe a glass of sweet wine from Sauternes.

Bertrand Hug grew up eating foie gras in southwest France, where his grandmother made a living raising ducks.
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Unfortunately, Lemony Snicket, er, Daniel Handler ends his beloved series with '


AN UNFORTUNATE EVENT
AN UNFORTUNATE EVENT
Lemony Snicket's name is on the spines, and the title pages list him as the author, but in a recent telephone interview novelist Daniel Handler explained, sort of, that he's not, really. Lemony Snicket is just the narrator, according to Handler, who cashes the royalty checks and thus, one can only assume, actually writes the books.

Handler also makes personal appearances on Snicket's behalf. But he remains cagey about exactly who, or what, Lemony Snicket is. His explanation makes sense, up to a point, then gets vague.
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The Mayor's Senior Holiday Party


Holiday Party
The first words out of Mayor James Tedesco’s mouth elicited a roar of praises and hallelujahs as well as applause. Jim Tedesco said that he wanted to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes on behalf of Renee, his wife. He announced that Renee was coming along well and he was grateful for everyone’s concern.

Talking before a group of over 400 people at the IBEW Hall on Robin Road , the mayor welcomed everyone, both from the podium and individually as he walked around the capacity filled hall.
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Dylan is ubiquitous these days - deservedly so


TANGLED UP IN BOB
TANGLED UP IN BOB
Step aside, Beyonce and Bono, and take Beck and Ludacris with you.

Bob Dylan is in the house, and he's taken it over. Against great odds, this legendary singer-songwriter and master of self-mythology has become a dominant force - again - commercially as well as artistically.

The grizzled bard of rock may not be everywhere, as Mojo Nixon once sang of the deceased Elvis Presley. But Dylan does seem to be nearly everywhere you can imagine, no matter how unlikely some of those places may be for this mythical pop icon.
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Mixing business with leisure


NOW YOU SEE IT
NOW YOU SEE IT
Q: We are a work-at-home couple. The trouble is I have no place to work except the dining room. Our problem with that is that we entertain a lot, some business and a lot strictly social. What do we have to do to make the space work for both business and pleasure?

A: Start by studying the elegant dining room we show here. Well, sometimes it's a dining room, sometimes an office.

As devised by New York designer Marshall Watson, it's two-faced space, and we mean that in the nicest possible way.
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4th Annual Rescue Squad Car Show


Car Show
It started out as a sunny, cool autumn day on Sunday October 22nd, a great day for a car show. Paramus Rescue, in conjunction with Class Glass Corvette, the Garden State Plaza and Paramus Auto Mall once again hosted the 4th car show in 2 years.  

Class Glass Corvette Club, a club based out of Paramus, New Jersey has been holding this bi-annual event for years. In the past it was held at Ramapo College and Sheraton's Crossroad in Mahwah.
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'Marie Antoinette'


‘MARIE ANTOINETTE’
‘MARIE ANTOINETTE’
If 18th-century Versailles had left us a home movie - one grand but intimate and mildly daring in its revelations - it could be close to Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette." This royal show is downright royalist.

That is because Coppola (working largely from Antonia Fraser's book) keeps it within the gilded mental frame of the French royals, their courtiers, almost even their dogs.
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'Flicka'


‘FLICKA’
‘FLICKA’
"Flicka" is a stinka. Sorry to tell this to people who need a PG-rated film about a girl and her horse, but where were you for "Dreamer"? It barely broke even in theaters.

Shot like a calendar from the Wyoming Tourist Commission, "Flicka" has Alison Lohman as Katy, a bright girl who won't perform at her Laramie prep school (never mind the high tuition) because her mind is on horses back at the ranch.

Then, she meets wild mustang Flicka, and is out of her mind.

Will she tame him? Parallel question: Will this ever end?
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'The Prestige'


‘THE PRESTIGE’
‘THE PRESTIGE’
It is good for magic to be, in effect, confounding. It is not so good for a movie about magic to be confusing.

Christopher Nolan, involvingly tricky with "Memento" and "Insomnia," has turned too tricky by half (or more) with "The Prestige." The writer and director cooks this 19th-century broth until the flavor fades.

Michael Caine as Cutter, producer of magic acts in Old London, explains (twice) that "the prestige" is the closer, when the stunned audience sees the vanished magician or object return and lets loose relief in applause.
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