Monday, November 22, 2010

Over the river and through the woods ...

(Nov. 22, 2010) As the song goes, "Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go." And this grandmother, like so many others, is busy getting ready for the Thanksgiving feast. Thanksgiving Day, a federal legal holiday, is the fourth Thursday of the month of November, this week, Nov. 25.

Although the big bird seems daunting, it's actually the easiest part of the meal. All the turkey needs is a little seasoning and roasting in the oven. The hard part is it's so heavy and it takes up the whole oven while other stuff needs cooking.

The most challenging part of the dinner is the seating. First, having enough seats for everyone, considering lefties (left-handers who need to sit on a left end) and kiddies (little ones who need to sit in high chairs in a spill-proof area, but still close to Momma).

So, now that the house is cleaned, I'm working on the table set-up: one big one in the dining room, another in the kitchen, a smaller one in the foyer, and one for the teens in the rec room, plus a long serving table. And chairs have to be collected from all over the house, which is Grandpa's job. That should do it until the cooking begins: stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, pumpkin pie.

Thanksgiving is many people's favorite holiday because it is such a simple family day - a time to savor how we all have been blessed at a joyful meal with friends and relatives.

Then the busy winter holiday begins - with decorating and shopping, along with parties, benefits and shows. Read all about what's happening in your neighborhoods in Recorder Community Newspapers right here online and in their blogs.

Anyone interested in joining the growing list of Recorder bloggers is welcome to call me at (908) 832-7420 or e-mail panderson@recordernewspapers. I will help you with this simple 21st century communication tool. It's free and all you need is a computer and an e-mail.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thursday is Veterans Day

(Nov. 8, 2010) Thursday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, a federal legal holiday honoring veterans. Observances are scheduled throughout the area. Check out Recorder Community Newspapers for details right here online.

Here is a brief history: World War I, known at the time as "The Great War," officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918, generally is regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars."

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations …"

An Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday, a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m. Now most governmental offices are closed for the day.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on Nov. 11, to preserve the historical significance of the date and help focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

While here check out also the some 60 blogs attached to the 15 online newspapers. Their topics are as varied as their names, from libraries to book reviews to entertainment venues to community activists.

Any community organization or individual interested in joining the growing group of Recorder bloggers is invited to call me at (908) 832-7420 or e-mail panderson@recordernewspapers to find out the details of this free offer. Blogging is simple; all you need is a computer and an e-mail.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fall BACK this weekend

(Nov. 4, 2010) Daylight-saving time (DST) ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, returning this area to Eastern Standard Time.

So before retiring Saturday night, set your clocks BACK one hour. You regain the hour you lost earlier in the year when DST began with setting clocks ahead one hour. Although mornings will seem lighter, darkness will come sooner each afternoon.

Currently DST begins each year at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, with clocks moving ahead one hour. Standard time begins each year at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November, with clocks moving one hour back.

Prior to 2007, the DST change in the United States occurred in April and standard time resumed in October. The law extending DST by almost two months was signed into law by George W. Bush in 2005.

Tips like this one about DST can be found right here in the 15 online Recorder Community Newspapers where some 60 bloggers also are communicating. Check them out.

Anyone interested in joining the growing group of Recorder bloggers is invited to call me at (908) 832-7420 or e-mail The process is simple and blogging is free. All you need is a computer and an e-mail.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2

(Nov. 1, 2010) Tomorrow Tuesday, Nov. 2, is Election Day. Polls are open in our area from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please let your voice be heard and cast your ballot.

Voters will elect one member of the U.S. House of Representatives, plus county and local officials. Also there is one state public question to be decided regarding a constitutional amendment to dedicate assessments on wages by the state to the payment of employee benefits. Some municipalities also have questions up for vote.

In recent weeks, Recorder Community Newspapers have been profiling the candidates and explaining the questions, plus editorializing on them all. You can read the information right here in the online issues: in the news, in the editorials and in the letters to the editors.

Also online here are 60-plus blogs, some with political opinions and more. Check them out too.

Anyone interested in joining the growing list of Recorder bloggers is welcome to call me at (908) 832-7420 or e-mail and I will help with the set-up. Blogging is simple and free; all you need is a computer and an e-mail.