The comedian Robin Williams once observed that spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party." If so, then leaves are the life of that party, an assemblage so exuberantly diverse in size and shape as to defy explanation, if not description.
There's the raffia palm, for example, with fronds up to 80 feet in length, and pygmy weed, a California wildflower whose leaves are among the tiniest in the world, each measuring just 1.3 millimeters long, or about the width of a pinhead.
On the first day of spring, the arrival of a season that brings more light and new growth, Bo Lozoff took his guitar and his message of spiritual transformation behind the locked doors of a Southern California jail.
Since the 1970s, this slender man from North Carolina, who wears cowboy boots as dress shoes, estimates he's been to 800 jails and prisons on behalf of his nonprofit Prison-Ashram Project. He also sends newsletters to inmates and writes books like "We're All Doing Time," which has a foreword by the Dalai Lama and preaches a message that freedom, spiritually speaking, is a state of mind.
Deana Cacus' idea of a great date is going to an astronomy lecture. She wears glasses and science camp T-shirts, carries a Darth Vadar messenger bag, and would never miss Comic-Con, the comic book/sci-fi convention where grown-ups dress like Harry Potter and Storm Troopers.
Asked to name a romantic gift, Cacus didn't miss a beat. "Petri dishes. I'd much rather have a guy bring me that than flowers."
Paramus Health Officer John Hopper reminds residents that reducing their exposure to mosquitoes will help protect them from West Nile Virus. Human infection is caused by the bite of a mosquito that has fed on an infected bird. The disease was first found in New Jersey in 1999; since that time the number of human cases has risen slightly every year. West Nile Virus is also found in horses.
Most infections are mild and many people may not even become ill. Symptoms of West Nile Virus may include fever, headache, body aches, skin rashes and swollen glands.
Recently promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant, Ken Ehrenberg hasnâ€™t had time to change his voice mail no less get business cards with his new rank. His incentive for going to further his legal education came from Ritchie Ralph, retired Lt. PO and also a lawyer. Ritchieâ€™s father, John, also a police officer was a very dear friend of mine.
The Alison Brown Quartet, with its unique â€œJazzGrassâ€ banjo sound, will perform on Friday, May 5, at 8:00 p.m. in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ.
Tickets are $22 for general admission and $20 for students and seniors (65+) and are available at 201-447-7428. Seating is reserved and advance ticket purchase is recommended.
Many of you have been following our coverage of Hugo, Carla, Hugo, Jr., Oscar & Alfredo Gonzales. www.ParamusPost.com thought it would be nice to see how our town has helped these fine people and what they have done with their new home. With this in mind, we called Rotarian Marty Diamond, Councilwoman Wagner and Mayor Tedesco to accompany our tour. They responded promptly and positively.
The first thing that attendees saw were three pretty ladies waiting to check them in. Doing their duty at the entry table were Maryann Siniscalchi, Kathy Rinaldi and Mary Lou Baldonado. Not only did they take in the tickets, but they graciously pointed out and at times escorted the guests to their table.
The USDA Dietary Guidelines suggest that adults devote 60 minutes each day to exercise for weight control and cardiovascular benefits. With the arrival of Spring, many people choose to spend that time walking or hiking outdoors. Paramus Health Officer John Hopper reminds them to be aware of the risk for Lyme disease when walking through grass or past bushes. Lyme Disease is caused by the bite of a tiny deer tick, which feeds on animals and people. Most cases are found in northeastern states during the spring months, when the tick is active. Lyme Disease may not be detected until symptoms begin, which may be days to weeks after the bite has occurred.
LONDON - The man called the First American actually spent much of his life far from the shores of North America.
So closely connected with Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin also played out his life for 16 years in the coffeehouses and parlors of London at the critical time when ties between Britain and its American Colonies were unraveling toward revolution.
"I don't think Americans realize how long Franklin spent in London," said historian Gordon S. Wood, a professor at Brown University and author of "The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin." "Except for a brief visit back to America, he was there from the time he was 51 to 69 - major years in his life."