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Wednesday, October 17 2018 @ 04:40 PM EDT
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Wednesday, October 17 2018 @ 04:40 PM EDT
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

Work it: Update your professional wardrobe for fall


FASHION WEEK
FASHION WEEK
OK, shake off that sand and kick off the flip-flops. As summer winds down and long vacations come to an end, it's time to get down to business and back to work - and it's time to get your professional wardrobe back into shape. So instead of taking a sick day, take a fashion time-out and reassess your work clothes. Here are a few new ways to make you feel better about how you look and about how you work:

Update your suits. Many of us working women tend to find one suit and wear it to death. But if you're really creative, you'll find more ways to get that "suit" look by mixing and matching jackets, pants and skirts.

Take a look at your basic suit and see if there aren't ways to make it look fresh this fall. Jackets can provide a major style shift. If you're still wearing boxy and baggy jackets, then you'll look boxy and baggy.
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A shot at ending cervical cancer?


CERVICAL CANCER
CERVICAL CANCER
It seems like such a simple solution: Eliminate a virus-caused cancer with a round of vaccinations.

However, sometimes simple answers just create more questions, especially when it comes to our health.

Such is the case with Gardasil, the new vaccine developed by Merck that reduces the incidence of cervical cancer and other diseases in females caused by certain types of genital human papillomavirus, or HPV.
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'Friends with Money' is a new level of discomfort


FRIENDS WITH MONEY
FRIENDS WITH MONEY
When writer/director Nicole Holofcener was asked to explain her gentle little drama-comedy "Friends with Money" (Sony Classics, 4 stars), she said it was about asking the big questions:

"Does our life have meaning? Are we in the right place? Are we wearing the right shoes? Are we the people we want to be?"

Right shoes?
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Decorating a teen room on the cheap


WALLPAPER RULES!
WALLPAPER RULES!
Q: I'm beginning to think it's not possible to decorate for kids! My daughter is 11, going on 18, and wants to paint her room shocking pink and black. I'm the one in shock. I remember a column you once wrote about a woman whose son wanted an all-black room and you said "Give it to him." Should I just give in?

A: Ask not whether you agree with your daughter's taste; ask why she should not be able to express her own personality in her own room. Besides, she'll soon be on to something else - probably something much less "shocking."
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One way to get rid of insect pests may be to build a better bug


INSECT PESTS
INSECT PESTS
More than 80 percent of all known animal species in the world are insects. One million species have been named; there may be as many as 30 million species in all. Insects abound virtually everywhere, even in parts of Antarctica. In the United States, the average acre of land contains 400 pounds of insects, but just 14 pounds of people.

For the most part, we ignore these bugs. They go unseen and unnoticed until they become pests, sometimes serious pests. Billions of dollars in agricultural production worldwide are lost each year to various voracious aphids, mites, flies, beetles and worms. At the same time, millions of people die annually from insect-borne diseases. Malaria alone accounts for 300 million to 500 million clinical cases each year, with 1.5 million to 2.7 million proving fatal.
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Gain ground on a soaring space


FILM STAR
FILM STAR
Q: I think the architect was high when he designed this new house of ours. The family room is two stories tall with French doors on three sides and odd-shaped windows punched way up on two of the walls, such as a big porthole on one and two triangles on the other. We bought the house, thinking the windows were neat, but now we're having a hard time living with the sunlight and glare that comes in the room. We put sheers on the French doors, which work just fine. What kind of curtains should we use that won't look silly so high on the wall?

A: "High," indeed. But today's fad for soaring spaces is not altogether the builder's fault. Maybe we were just reacting to the visual cramping of the 20th century, when room sizes shrank and ceilings dropped to about 8 feet, all in the name of "efficiency."
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Mercedes GL450 SUV a tad too serious to be fun


MERCEDES-BENZ GL450
MERCEDES-BENZ GL450
The American-bred sport utility vehicle is a constant frustration to the import imitators.

Those brands - the Europeans mostly - tend to take carmaking seriously and want to overthink and overengineer their versions of the SUV.

It will have no compromises, drive with the fury of a sport sedan and climb mountains like King Kong. That's impossible, of course, and unnecessary. But the imitators continue.
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Athletics, aging has led to wave of 'boomeritis'


ATHLETIC INJURIES COMMON TO BOOMERS
ATHLETIC INJURIES COMMON TO BOOMERS
Baby boomers beware: Biking, basketball and baseball may be hazardous to your health.

Though popular among members of the generation born between 1946 and 1964, these kinds of activities have caused a spike in injuries among America's 79 million boomers.

According to a 2000 report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, sports-related injuries among this demographic are on the rise, up 33 percent between 1997 and 1998. The first generation to enthusiastically embrace athletics and exercise might not be in such great shape after all. As the initial wave of boomers turns 60 this year, the combination of athletics and aging has resulted in an injury trend the medical profession is calling "boomeritis."
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Picking the perfect pair of jeans


JEAN POOL
JEAN POOL
Chances are a new pair of jeans is on your fall shopping list - and even if you're looking for a pair of those new trendy skintight jeans, you might be interested in knowing a few tips from the professionals like "The Shopping Bags," two women who have tested hundreds of common products and who host an award-winning TV show by the same name. Now Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic have put their smart shopping tools into a book: "The Shopping Bags - Tips, Tricks, and Inside Information to Make You a Savvy Shopper" (Penguin; $14).

A book organized in alphabetical order for easy reference, this hip guide covers everything from fashion to food to furniture. The authors have ridden roller coasters to test hair spray and climbed rocks to test nail polish. (By the way, they found very little difference between the cheap stuff and more expensive brands.)
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Tough 'Luck' for Lindsay Lohan, audience


JUST MY LUCK
JUST MY LUCK
It is unfortunate that Lindsay Lohan's tabloid life overshadows her on-screen persona.

Take for example her latest piece of fluff, "Just My Luck" (Fox, 1 1/2 stars). Lohan plays Ashley Albright, a public relations firm twinkie who is disproportionately lucky.

She lives in New York City and has but to say "taxi" and three will come to a screeching stop, all eager for her fare (and all, no doubt, with drivers who speak English and know the streets of Manhattan).
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Higher-Caliber style: Dodge delivers with nifty features


HIGH CALIBER
HIGH CALIBER
With all the bottled water that is consumed around the world, a bottle cooler built into a glove box seems an obvious idea that should have been done years ago.

It wasn't, of course, though there are cooled consoles, glove boxes and optional electric coolers, mostly on luxury vehicles.

Dodge twisted the cap a little for the 2007 Caliber and put a cradle for four bottles or cans into the upper level of the glove box.
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Working with a bathroom designer


UNINHIBITED SPACE
UNINHIBITED SPACE
Q: We are doing over the master bath and adding a dressing room in the extra space over the garage, off the master bedroom. Should there be a door between the bath and the dressing room? Do the cabinets have to match between the two areas? We did the bath itself more than two years ago and we may not be able to find the same cabinets.

A: Much depends on the nature of the relationship between those who will be using the spaces. If you are comfortable sharing, it's not unusual for the entire space to be open with no demarcation between the activity areas (exception: the water closet, meaning toilet, is often set apart in its own space for obvious reasons).
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Fortitude in the face of West Nile Virus


ROAD TO RECOVERY
ROAD TO RECOVERY
The chances that Reyna Rodriguez would be infected with West Nile virus were as small as the mosquito that bit her on the leg last summer.

But through a combination of bad luck, genetics and other factors that doctors only barely understand, the 14-year-old Wilmington, Calif., resident became one of only 43 cases reported in Los Angeles County in 2005.
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Creating two rooms from one without building a wall


ROOM DIVIDER
ROOM DIVIDER
Q: We have gotten tired of our all-in-one living-dining room and would like to figure a way to close off the dining area without actually walling it in. The room's too small for a real wall. I've seen free-standing columns used, but that seems too postmodern for our house, which is an arts-and-crafts-style bungalow. What can you suggest?

A: Columns, but not the classic kind you may have seen in more contemporary open rooms. As any bungalow groupie knows, columns are an earmark of the style, especially those that are squared and tapered.
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Top-notch Jaguar: Smooth-running convertible looks great coming, going


JAGUAR XK CONVERTIBLE
JAGUAR XK CONVERTIBLE
Jaguar designer Ian Callum faced a dilemma when planning the XK convertible. It could have had a retractable hardtop, creating a coupe and a convertible - two cars in one.

He tried, but the company had no experience in engineering a retractable hardtop. Plus, it was a challenge to find adequate stowage for the hardtop without ruining the car's lines.
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Facing parenthood ... with HIV


FAMILY FOCUS
FAMILY FOCUS
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."
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Leggings - fall fashion's anti-aging trend


LEG UP
LEG UP
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.
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Whaling seen as threat to scavengers


DEEP-SEA SCAVENGING
DEEP-SEA SCAVENGING
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.
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'Dossier' is a doozie


APOCALYPSE NOW
APOCALYPSE NOW
"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.
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Shooting the moon


MEASURING THE MOON
MEASURING THE MOON
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.
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