Two-year-old Grace McKittrick knows how to play the drums with her hands and paint pictures with her fingers. She'll show you where her secret hiding spot is at her favorite playground and how she can swing from the jungle gym with only one hand.
What she doesn't know - not yet, anyway - is that her dad is HIV positive.
"Sooner or later she's going to have questions, like, 'Why does Daddy take pills every day?' " said Shelley McKittrick, 46, who along with her husband, Al, 55, adopted Grace in 2003. "You can tell her the truth until you turn blue, but until they're a certain age they're not going to hear it."
"I therefore urge you â€“ in the name of good government â€“ to do the right thing and voluntarily provide a thorough explanation of these two allegations." -- Paul Aronsohn
Paramus -- Congressional Candidate Paul Aronsohn sent a letter to incumbent Congressman Scott Garrett requesting a "thorough explanation" of possible ethics violations by the Congressman. The full text of the letter is below.
Whether you're 7 or 70, this fall there's one fashion trend that promises to bridge the gap between the young and the old: leggings and tights. Yes, even if you've got a "grand" in front of your name, you can still pull off (and on) the latest craze in fashion. Just follow a few simple rules and you'll be one of the hippest grannies on the playground.
First and foremost, never wear leggings by themselves. Unless you're doing plies in front of the ballet barre or sailing through the air onstage like Peter Pan, you do not want to go out in public in anything that fits this close to your body, ever.
With sweat soaking his tattered tank top, Petty Officer 1st Class David Goggins hit the finish-line tape high on the slopes of California's Mount Whitney. He took fifth place recently in a 30-hour foot race from the floor of Death Valley.
For Goggins, a Navy SEAL based in Coronado, Calif., running a 135-mile ultra-marathon in 120-degree heat across a desert and three mountain ranges is more than an adventure.
It's a job.
"One hundred and thirty-five miles - that's a lot of time to meet people," said Goggins, a SEAL recruiter.
He will compete in more races during the months to come. His work is part of the military's new efforts to boost significantly the ranks of special operations forces, including the SEALs, by attracting high-endurance athletes.
(Paramus, NJ) Thanks to a grant of $10,000 from The Gift of Life
America Fund, ten children and teens living in foster care have been
able to attend camp programs this summer. The children, who range in
age from 6 to 17, are all in the care of the Bergen-County-based
non-profit Childrenâ€™s Aid and Family Services. Thanks to this grant,
these children have attended a variety of day camps and sleep-over
camps at Camp Merryheart, Camp Michikamau, Independent Lake Camp, and
Frost Valley. Others have also been able to participate in special
interest camps to learn about specific activities, including cooking
New Jersey Educators Throw Support Behind Challenger in the 5th District
Paul Aronsohn, Connie Wagner and Rich LaBarbieri
â€“ Congressional Candidate Paul Aronsohn recently received the
endorsement of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) PAC.
Aronsohn is the only congressional challenger to receive the support of
the group, which made several bipartisan endorsements.
letter to Aronsohn, NJEA PAC President Joyce Powell noted that the
196,000 Member organization is â€œexcited about helping you win in
Representatives from Greyhound Friends of New Jersey, Inc. (GFNJ) will be at Bergen Community College, Monday, September 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Student Center, Pitkin Education Center, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ.
Greyhounds will be on hand for a meet and greet, and rescue representatives will be available to answer questions about the breed and the adoption process. Bergen Community College Assistant Professor Harold Kahn will give an informative lecture and video presentation about rescue and adoption from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
In 2004, marine biologists discovered two strange new worms 9,000 feet down at the bottom of Monterey Bay Canyon. They were bizarre for many reasons - they had no eyes, legs, mouths or stomachs - but also because they were, with the help of symbiotic bacteria, feasting off a dead gray whale.
The worms, whose Latin name means "bone devourer," sport reddish feathery plumes that behave like gills. At the other end, the worm's body forms a large egg sac with greenish roots sprouting from it. The roots are filled with bacteria that break down the oil in whale bones.
"Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier" (Paramount, 4 stars).
Francis Ford Coppola gives us glimpses into the shadows that fell between the idea and the release of one of the greatest movies of all time.
However, the three-year epic struggle to make this film - nearly a personal apocalypse for Coppola - results in a mere DVD two-disc set that includes the two official versions of the film - the 1979 original and the controversial "Apocalypse Now Redux" from 2001 - and a hefty handful of features.
On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin propped an array of reflectors in the lunar soil - one of several science experiments they deployed a day after becoming the first humans to set foot on the moon.
A month later, a small group of astronomers bounced a pulse of laser light off the reflectors and caught the return signal with a telescope at Lick Observatory near San Jose, in Northern California. By measuring the time it took for the pulse traveling at the speed of light to return, scientists could determine the distance between the Earth and moon.
In April, the National Geographic Society announced that San Diego
resident Ted Waitt had donated more than $1 million to fund the
restoration and preservation of the Gospel of Judas manuscript.
43, is the founder and former CEO of Gateway Inc., the computer maker.
The San Diego-based Waitt Family Foundation and Institutes are
nonprofit organizations "dedicated to the improvement of mankind's
knowledge through historical and scientific exploration." Copley News
Service writer Diane Bell asked Waitt about his role in the Judas codex
in an interview that was conducted via e-mail.
In America, a land of possibilities and second chances, settled by
people who came from somewhere else, mobility has always meant freedom.
And for the past 50 years, the embodiment of that spirit has been the freeway.
interstate highway system, a half-century old this summer, connected
the coasts and everything in between, and accommodated Americans'
desire to take charge of their destiny.
"It made the movement of
America, which is such a quintessentially American feature of our
consciousness, and it made it incredibly efficient," said Robert
Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University.
My good friend, Dr. Michael (Mike) Yeun has been in the same location, 366 Forest Avenue in Paramus for over 20 years. His corner is known for the white tooth on his lawn depicting his location. He came across this location through a fellow church member and has stayed there.
Mike graduated from UMDNJ in 1984, did a little apprenticing and then came to our town.
When Patricia Biedenbach's husband Don died in September, she wasn't ready to let him go.
"I wanted him with me at all times," she said.
husband was cremated at his request, and Biedenbach kept the ashes. But
the Canton, Ohio, resident wanted something else that could be close to
her wherever she was. That's when she remembered an article she read
about LifeGem, a company in Elk Grove Village, Ill., that uses the
carbon found in the cremated remains of a person's body or hair to
create diamonds. She asked the Reed Funeral Home about it following her
The bottom of the ocean can be a dark, cold and muddy place, but this
forbidding environment could hold life-saving antibiotics derived from
organisms that scientists have never seen.
Now the University of
California San Diego will soon undertake an ambitious effort to
fast-track the process of discovering new compounds from the sea floor
to turn them into antibiotics. University officials will draw from
talent at their Scripps Institution of Oceanography and their schools
of pharmacy and medicine. They also will enlist the support of San
Diego County's biotech community and venture capitalists.
Ivor van Heerden, deputy director of the Louisiana State University
Hurricane Center, has studied the geography of southeast Louisiana for
decades. Long before last summer, he told state, local and federal
officials that New Orleans would be vulnerable to a direct-hit
hurricane. Much of what he feared would happen came true when Katrina
struck in August.
The state of Louisiana later named the LSU
Hurricane Center to lead an investigation of Katrina levee failures.
Van Heerden heads a team of engineers and coastal scientists who are
analyzing storm-surge levels and levee construction.