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Saturday, January 19 2019 @ 03:46 PM EST
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Saturday, January 19 2019 @ 03:46 PM EST
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

“Excellence in Education” – Principal Joan Broe


West Brook
Emblazoned on Joan Kelly Broe’s business card is the motto ‘Excellence in Education’. The principal of West Brook Middle School takes this quite seriously. 

It is evident by the demeanor in which she greets students, parents and visitors. It is evident in the way she treats her staff. Another indication of her confidence is the varied education career she has had in New York and New Jersey.
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National Competition - Paramus Rescue Squad


National Competition
During the week of November 6th, Paramus Rescue Squad Extrication Competition Team traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in the TERC National Competition. This competition was held in conjunction with Fire Rescue Magazine Trade Show, and was the 2nd year it was held in Las Vegas.  

25 teams from across the United States, including St. Croix and Alaska, competed in this national event. 
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Sony 'ATV' sequel shows franchise is still on track


‘ATV OFFROAD FURY 4’
‘ATV OFFROAD FURY 4’
Game: "ATV Offroad Fury 4"

Publisher: Sony

System: Sony PlayStation 2

Cost: $39.99

ESRB Rating: E

Review rating: 3 stars

Ricky Bobby may be king of the pavement, but he wouldn't last two minutes driving on any of the dirt-covered tracks found in Sony's high-octane mudfest "ATV Offroad Fury 4."
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Big ESV falls short of Cadillac experience


2007 CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV
2007 CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV
General Motors builds so many variants of its full-size SUVs that the differences end up being six of one, a half-dozen of the other between those at GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac.

They're all pretty good truck-based SUVs, so it's more of a styling choice, whether Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban or the GMC Yukons.
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Battle is on for hardcore gamers market


I’M GAME
I’M GAME
By unleashing the XBOX 360 a year earlier than the competition, Microsoft has a head start on the next generation of console gaming. But Sony and Nintendo are now ready to enter the virtual boxing ring with their new consoles, the PlayStation 3 and the Wii.

While Sony seems to be directly competing with Microsoft by trying to create the most technologically advanced gaming console ever created, Nintendo is going in another direction.
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DivX may be setting the standard on new compression technology


SHRINKING EXPANSION
SHRINKING EXPANSION
Walking into DivX's San Diego headquarters, it's hard to miss a deja vu vibe from the Internet bubble of 1999.

There's the casual attire - employees walking around in T-shirts and baggy jeans, shorts and flip-flops.

There's the Space Age furnishings and game tables, relics of the defunct Internet music company MP3.com, which used to occupy the building.
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Give the gift of red


GIFT OF RED
GIFT OF RED
This holiday season, it's a good thing to think red - and buy red. The red alert went out from Irish rock star Bono and entrepreneur Bobby Shriver. They have teamed up to fight AIDS in Africa by raising money from the sale of Product Red collectibles from T-shirts to sneakers.

As part of Gap's global partnership with Product Red, half of the profits from the sales of their clothing and accessories will go to The Global Fund to finance programs that help women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.
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Text messaging adds to growing accident statistics of 'inattentive' drivers


TEXT MESSAGING
TEXT MESSAGING
It takes only a few seconds to send a text message. Flip open the cell phone, tap some keys, spell out a few words, and hit "send."

But try doing all that while driving. It's not easy.

"You're not supposed to read or put your makeup on while driving a car, either, but people do it," said Ashley Saari, 23, who said she frequently sends text messages while she's driving in Southern California.
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Good hygiene is best protection from germs


GERM WARFARE
GERM WARFARE
As we head into cold and flu season is there anything you can do to protect yourself?

A lot of folks are coughing and sneezing already. It appears there's no escaping nasty germs. Dr. Tony Lazcano of Aultman Hospital in Ohio offers some answers to frequently asked questions.

Q: What is a germ? 

A: When physicians talk about germs, we talk about bacteria, which are small, living organisms, but when others talk about germs, they generally are referring to anything that can produce disease, which can include viruses, bacteria and small parasites.
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Research may link gene to high-risk for colon cancer


LYNCH SYNDROME
LYNCH SYNDROME
Thanks to Ohio State University medical researchers, some women who suffer endometrial, or uterine, cancer will get advance warning about a genetic component that could affect them and their families.

What was found during the four-year project was that a small percentage of women - one in 50 - diagnosed with uterine cancer carry genetic mutations for Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer.

Lynch syndrome patients are at high risk for gastric, colon, endometrial and ovarian cancer. Uterine (endometrial) cancer is the most common cancer in women with the condition.
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'Clerks II' another affront to counter-culture


‘CLERKS II’
‘CLERKS II’
"Clerks II" (Weinstein/Genius, 2 stars, but 3 1/2 stars if you are a Kevin Smith fan) is vulgar and offensive. But, then again, so is the Sacha Baron Cohen hit "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."

In fact, "Borat" is far more vulgar and offensive. And far funnier. I guess it is a different kind of vulgarity.
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On Nov. 7, Americans cast their votes for the arts


For people who believe taxes or bonds issues should be used to support the arts, Nov. 7 was a great day.

Ten arts-related ballot measures that went before voters in California, Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Utah were passed - some overwhelmingly. There were no other such ballot propositions elsewhere.
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Getting ready for Windows Vista


Windows Vista is almost here! Businesses with volume license agreements can get it in November 30, 2006. Home users must wait until January 30, 2007. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't prepare. This is particularly true if you're buying a new computer.

Upgrading to Vista is sure to be confusing. So here are some things you need to know.
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Chefs find inspiration in belly of the beast


BELLY OF THE BEAST
BELLY OF THE BEAST
There's something coarse and unsexy about the word "belly." Poll people, male or female, as to their least favorite body part, and most will probably weigh in first with their tummies.

But with an animal, the tendency to store fat on the belly can be a very tasty thing. In the quest to find new and flavorful foods, chefs are turning to the belly of the beast.
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Some viewers took U-turn after WB, UPN merged


CW NETWORK
CW NETWORK
As it prepares to celebrate its two-month birthday, the fledgling CW network is struggling to find a seat at the grown-ups' table.

Formed in January when the youth-oriented WB and UPN merged, the CW made its broadcast debut Sept. 20 with a lineup that featured two new programs and 11 old favorites inherited from its parent networks.

It was a safe prime-time schedule that reflected the new broadcast outlet's modest goal.
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Save Paramus Wetlands (Happy Holidays)


Paramus Wetlands
I chose Paramus as an ideal location to raise my family, moving in to a quiet cul-de-sac in 2000. Ed Onorato, my neighbor, has resided here for over 40 years, and also takes great pride in this community. 

Our homes, part of the Soldier Hill development, are surrounded by the cemetery, wetlands, trees/forested areas, municipal land, Reid Park, and a nature trail. Upon learning of a proposal to build an oversized, high-density development on a piece of environmentally sensitive land off of Soldier Hill Road, Ed and I have been conducting extensive research.
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Black Friday in Paramus


Black Friday in Paramus
A shopper I am not! A bargain hunter .. YES .. but not a shopper. Today proved it! On Wednesday, I had visited Office Depot in town looking for a holder for my Nextel phone, mine having broken. 

In the Closeout Department was a holder along with an earpiece and a car battery charger for the munificent price of $2.50. I bought it!
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Spektor straddles two worlds


REGINA SPEKTOR
REGINA SPEKTOR
Regina Spektor has been favorably (if not always accurately) compared to so many notable artists - from Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey to Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald - that it's difficult not to roll your eyes.

It's also difficult not to react with suspicion to her status as the current darling of New York's "anti-folk" movement, a heady if nebulous accolade previously bestowed on everyone from Beck to San Diego-bred Cindy Lee Berryhill.
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A fireplace makes a house a home


HOME HEARTH
HOME HEARTH
Q: We have bought a turn-of-the-century house that had sat empty for several years and was vandalized.

Someone came in and pried the marble mantelpiece off the fireplace in the second parlor. There's nothing but a flat wall left around the fireplace opening. We've haunted the architectural salvage yards and junk shops in our neck of the woods, but haven't found anything that fits either the fire surround or the mood of our room (Victorian with a twist).

Do you have any suggestions?

A: Here's my hottest tip about fireplaces: Race to your nearest bookstore or library for a copy of a new tome by expert Jane Gitlin, called, simply enough, "Fire Places" (The Taunton Press, $25).
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'Little Children'


‘LITTLE CHILDREN’
‘LITTLE CHILDREN’
Clocking in at more than two hours, "Little Children" starts to feel like a slab of time you might want for a different eternity. This nail-down-their-souls drama has real suction of solemnity.

Todd Field directed, losing the compressed power of "In the Bedroom." Novelist Tom Perrotta adapted his book with Field, and there are long stretches of narration that echo the dry, godlike voice in high school science films.
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