Archive for August, 2010

Back to School

columbia high school

I will enjoy a short journey to Rhode Island to drop my eldest son at RWU this friday.
All three male members of the family usually giggle when our lone female tears up at movies, I wonder if we will at this farewell.
As an official stepfather for eight years, I am proud and smiling.
We’ll catch some waves in Narragansett and Watch Hill before I return to a real estate closing on monday.
Locally, our younger son will be a sophomore at Columbia H.S. here in Maplewood after Labor Day.
Oh yeah, and I’m also proud of my niece who got into a top NJ H.S. – McNair in Jersey City.
On a less personal note here are some Back to School dates and info on an important new hire for the school district:
6th – Labor Day: District Closed
7th – Students Report: Grades K-7/9
8th – Students Report: Grades 8/10-12
9th, 10th – Rosh Hashanah: District Closed
South Orange Maplewood School District has a new Director of Fine Arts for K-12.
Anthony Mazzocchi is a Columbia High School Alumni from 1991.  He’s got a great resume:
1) Trombonist for the LA Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony,
2) Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music
3) Teaching Experience at: Montclair St, Kean College and Marine Park Jr. High in NY
Check out the school district’s website for more detailed info on the coming school year

When it’s apple blossom time in Orange, NJ we’ll really make a peach of a pair

Jefferson St. Mural

Abandoned Industrial Buildings > Inexpensive Lofts > Starving Artists > Transportation > Good Ethnic Food Musicians > Fun Bars and Clubs > Fashion > Clothing > Contractors > Real Estate Condos > Banks > GENTRIFICATION SEQUENCE COMPLETED

Ironworks, Orange, NJ

Will this happen in Orange, NJ ? Look into Valley Arts District’s galleries and lofts.
I want to check out HAT CITY KITCHEN
on 459 Valley in Orange.   Good Food, Live Music, Drinks
ironworks party
Went to Hat City Kitchen:  Excellent Shrimp with Grits Dish and Killer Pecan Pie!
Went to the Ironworks party today and actually painted for the first time in ages.  This guy’s painting was much better than mine though.