Kearny native competing for ‘Top Chef’

Karen Akunowicz remembers making an apron in the seventh-grade at Lincoln School in home economics class back in 1991. “We used sewing machines to make them,” she said. “It was some kind of zebra pattern.” What she somehow couldn’t recall — at first — was that making those aprons… Continue Reading

Lip syncing for art raises $1,200-plus

Students and teachers engaged in friendly competition at Belleville High School’s Connie Francis Theatre on Nov. 10 in the school’s first “Faculty vs. Students Lip Sync Battle” in a fundraising effort for the Theater Arts Company’s spring musical “Into the Woods.” Participating students were: Brittney Huaman, Lisvette Concepcion, Mustafa Asali, Christopher Scevolli,… Continue Reading

‘Promedy’ promises lots of laughs

KEARNY –  What happens when a student government leader, theater geek, science whiz nerd, cheerleader, newspaper hound and football jocks, among others, get together to plan a prom? Well, they come up with a theme and then romantic intangibles and intrigue enter into the equation and … you have “Promedy,”… Continue Reading

Ripped returning for Woodstock Festival

LYNDHURST – Get ready for Woodstock redux. Well, that’s actually the second annual Woodstock Festival, co-sponsored by the Lyndhurst Youth Performing Arts Association (LYPAA) and A&M Music and owner Alan Maisano. It’s coming up Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Town Hall Park in Lyndhurst, from noon to 7 p.m. Aside… Continue Reading

Fast cars, first loves, ‘50s music in ‘Grease’

Start the summer off right with the West Hudson Arts and Theater Company (W.H.A.T.) production of America’s favorite musical, “Grease.” The musical bursts on to the W.H.A.T. stage Wednesday, June 24, in an all-new production directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina; musical direction by Scott Burzynski. This rock-n-roll celebration of growing up and falling… Continue Reading

Belleville’s hidden gem: Me and Tommy’s Restaurant

BELLEVILLE –  Because of its remote location, people told Ernesto Sicari back in October 2011 that his new restaurant, Me and Tommy’s, would probably last about six months. It was being built in a 100-plus-yearold former train depot that had most recently been home to an unsuccessful Filipino restaurant. But,… Continue Reading