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  • Close to the Action: Bruce Beck
    distinctive staccato radio voice of New York Knicks basketball With his mother Doris as his audience Beck would turn down the sound on a Knicks telecast grab a fork for a microphone and do the play by play Doris Beck was on the Livingston town council for eight years serving twice as mayor Beck s father Felix was chairman and CEO of Margaretten Co a mortgage banking company Beck broke into broadcasting in a sense by doing the morning address as a ninth grader at Mount Pleasant Junior High School At Livingston High School he played basketball and tennis These days he s a golfer with a single digit handicap After graduating from Ithaca College in 1978 with a degree in business administration accounting he also worked for the student radio station Beck landed his first broadcast job with Suburban Cablevision s TV3 in New Jersey where he did play by play and covered more than 100 local high school and college athletic events yearly Recommended Reading 7 Spots to Watch Super Bowl 50 He knew every athletic director football and basketball coach every coach says Matt Loughlin who worked with Beck at TV3 and is now the radio play by play voice of the New Jersey Devils His work ethic even then was in early out late The MSG Network took note of Beck and hired him as a staff broadcaster in 1982 At MSG he covered it all Knicks Rangers and Yankees college football and basketball professional and amateur boxing tennis track and field even horse shows He began freelancing at CN8 the Comcast Network in 1994 many of the same events and more calling harness racing and the early Ultimate Fighting Championship telecast At CN8 Beck met Dave Siroty the station s public relations director The two stayed in touch after Beck moved to WNBC TV in 1997 as a sports reporter and weekend anchor In 2002 Siroty came to Beck with the idea of creating a sports broadcasting camp At the time there were only two such camps in the United States in California and Tennessee Siroty also recruited Ian Eagle an Essex Fells resident who calls NFL games on CBS TV and Nets games on the YES Network Like Beck Eagle had spoken to classes taught by Siroty at Seton Hall but he and Beck were mere acquaintances and they had no books to guide them in the new venture We were both really nervous says Beck We didn t know how it would evolve It was like being a freshman in college Thirteen years later the Bruce Beck Ian Eagle Sports Broadcasting Camp has doubled from the original 40 kids to more than 80 last year in a session for beginners and one for advanced students This year s camp will be held July 20 to 24 at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center at Montclair State Beck and Eagle show up for every camp activity including exercises workshops and a field trip

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  • Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild: Jersey Royalty
    at River Dell High School my friend and I organized a Head Start club We worked there once a week Do you remember the singer Don McLean I must have been 16 or 17 and we went to a concert to see him I asked him if he would come and perform for us to raise money for Head Start and he did And who was I I was nobody NJM What fun That must have made you popular LL It was so cool People want to do good things And that s the first rule of philanthropy Don t be afraid to ask Nobody s going to shoot you and you might get a yes NJM Does your entrepreneurial side have roots in Oradell LL My career goal when I was growing up was to become a biblical scholar In my house it was all about reading the Bible One year when I was 16 or 17 my mom organized a Bible study trip to Israel Somewhere I had heard that Israelis loved American jeans so I bought 10 pairs I probably took the money out of my mother s wallet and I sold them for 100 apiece They snapped them up I think that had something to do with my faith in business Recommended Reading Becky Quick Quick Study NJM You ve been quoted as saying I don t think being rich is that important I think not being boring is really important Does that amount to a personal philosophy LL Definitely I m more afraid of boredom than anything NJM What s interesting to you at the moment LL I m working flat out on something that s important to me to the point where I should be fired from my day job Except I can t be fired because I m the boss I know that s a luxury laughs NJM What s the cause LL I m working on inclusive capitalism We re trying to move investors and businesses to think in a more sustainable way by creating more equitable workplaces and business environments There s a website you can go to inc cap com NJM Inclusive capitalism is a global movement Why does it matter so much to you LL In a nutshell growing up in Oradell I believed in the American dream This country let me live beyond anything I could have imagined But now girls like me growing up in places like the one where I grew up don t have the same level of optimism in the future I really want to restore their optimism and confidence in what they can achieve in this country NJM What advice do you have for New Jerseyans who want to follow in your philanthropic footsteps LL Don t ever think that anything you do is too small Also always believe that you gain so much more than you give when it comes to philanthropy whether you re giving time or money Another important thing

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  • Rising Star Angeline Rose Troy - New Jersey Monthly
    work but the Barn Theater in Montville was literally a three and a half minute drive from my house I was so spoiled At the Barn Theater our all female cast production of Daughters of the Lone Star State 2006 won several awards Troy played a pregnant teen in the Barn Theater s 2006 production of Daughters of the Lone Star State Credit Barn Theater NJM How did you get involved in producing ART When I was at FDU I got into the technical side since the film people there were really welcoming to the theater group The spring semester of my senior year I produced and starred in Ever Last which was the first feature film to come out of FDU as a senior thesis Recommended Reading Episode 2 Chef Leia Gaccione from canned beans to South Pine s Swear Jar Chris Dimoulas the director wrote a wonderfully unique and female driven role and I asked if I could produce it It was a huge learning experience and shortly after that I started my own production company called Cassiopeia Productions NJM Why that name ART I used to star gaze with my grandfather on my mom s side and we always had a great connection with that constellation NJM Would you say you are an actress or a producer ART Definitely an actress first but being able to produce is great because you can get the content out there and let people see it Instead of ideas for projects getting buried in a drawer you can make them NJM Let s talk about your new movie Just Before I Go stars Seann William Scott Kate Walsh and Elisha Cuthbert and is about a guy Scott who plans to commit suicide after making amends with people from his hometown Tell us about working on this dark film ART It s Courtney Cox s directorial debut of a feature film though she did direct a few episodes of Cougar Town She was a very actor driven director to work with you love working with someone coming from your point of your view This is definitely not a rom com it s a dark comedy There are moments where I think This is so awkward and uncomfortable but so funny I can t look away Especially the scenes with Kate Walsh I play the young version of Seann William Scott s mother in flashbacks alongside Tate Berney the young Scott Seann is such a sweetheart very nice and kind I told him I thought you were going to be a jerk and he laughed I know I always get that Be sure to catch Troy in Just Before I Go in theaters April 24 This interview has been edited for clarity and length Read more Culture Corner Just For the Web NJM Q A People articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/people/rising-star-angeline-rose-troy/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Philosopher Ruth Chang: Make Hard Choices - New Jersey Monthly
    there It s like Lather rinse repeat you re not really getting anywhere You keep weighing one thing against the other and you may find that you re spinning out of control because one of the two things may be better than the other but you have no way of knowing That s when you may have some evidence that two things are on a par Recommended Reading Becky Quick Quick Study NJM Where do you go from there RC So the third step is realizing that the world has run out of reasons for pointing you in one direction instead of another The world doesn t have an answer for what you should do NJM Got it So it s not a case of something like whether you should gamble all your money in Atlantic City or save it for college because the world does have an answer for that RC Yes It s common for people to think that having one superior outcome is just a fact in the world and there s the assumption that everything containing value has to be lineally ordered That might work for lengths and weights but it doesn t work for values One outcome will be better in some ways the other better in other ways NJM What are steps four and five RC The fourth step is to commit to putting your agency behind one of the options I like to analogize that with falling in love You put your agency behind your husband when you decide to marry him The fifth step is to reflect on who you are how in committing you ve made yourself into this or that kind of person That s how we distinguish each other You may be the kind of person who spends all weekend working on a bonsai garden Or you may be the kind of person who spends her weekend writing about philosophers Neither of those things is better than the other but when you decide to do them you re telling the world something specific about yourself You ve done something remarkable you ve said Here is who I am NJM So the way to avoid getting bonked over the head by indecision when doing something simple like walking through the cereal aisle is to figure out what kind of person you are first RC Yes Let s think about shopping for a toaster Are you a form over function person Or function over form You might throw your agency behind attractiveness in a toaster and I might throw mine behind durability Any shopping decision is like that NJM Why do you think hard decisions are a godsend RC Well they give us the power to create reasons for ourselves To become distinctive In making hard choices we become the authors of our own destinies Read more NJM Q A People articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition

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  • NJM Q&A: Melissa Rauch
    I m tired or upset it comes right back Also I live in L A where you have to pump your own gas I do begrudgingly knowing that in Jersey we only pump our fists NJM Was there a time when you wanted to be a serious thespian or was it always about the laughter MR My background is in theater I received my BFA in acting and was trained classically I was simultaneously pursuing a career in comedy while in college So I would be doing Ibsen and Chekhov during the day and then doing stand up all night NJM The Big Bang Theory is in syndication in most major markets Do you ever get tired of seeing yourself on screen MR It is definitely weird I had someone next to me on a plane recently who was watching an episode of Big Bang and he turned to me and said Is this odd for you to sit next to me as I watch you I love this show so much and was even a huge fan before joining the cast but I don t love watching myself It s like listening to yourself on a voicemail recording Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything NJM You married your college sweetheart before you ever hit the big time Any regrets MR I am very fortunate that I met my husband in college He is my best friend and the love of my life in addition to being an incredible writing partner The only thing I regret is not meeting him even sooner as my life has just gotten better since he came into it NJM What can fans expect of your forthcoming film The Bronze MR It s definitely a departure from other roles I have done It s an edgy dark comedy that we poured our hearts and souls into NJM Do you hope to do more writing in the future MR Writing has always been something that has brought me great joy When I am not working on Big Bang Winston and I spend all our free time writing new projects It s so rewarding to see those passion projects come to life NJM If you wanted to play one role that would blow away any chance of casting you as a Bernadette type again what would you play MR The role I play in The Bronze is extremely different than Bernadette I also just played a prostitute in Matthew Weiner s film Are You Here Although I very much enjoy playing different types of characters I love playing Bernadette with all my heart and hope I get to do so for a long time to come There are no photos with those IDs or post 92333 does not have any attached images Read more Culture Corner Jersey Living NJM Q A articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/melissa-rauch/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Crunching Numbers – and Pickles
    constantly pickle lots of onions and peppers Carrier says It s refreshing to have on the plate especially during the summer I m thinking of pickling some shrimp soon You really can pickle anything Carrier uses the classic 3 2 1 formula 3 parts vinegar 2 parts sugar 1 part water plus salt and spices The plethora of available vinegars including apple cider cherry red wine white wine and rice wine offers the pickler a full spectrum of flavors By November 2013 Siber Machowsky and Guberman had rented a cooking facility in Little Ferry and were pickling everything they could get their hands on from traditional cucumbers and hot peppers to contemporary choices like Brussels sprouts watermelon rind and pears Each trial ingredient and recipe was sealed in a jar Then the three had to wait patiently for the pickling process to proceed After about three weeks the batch was far enough along to open and taste Recommended Reading Super Snacks For Super Bowl 50 If we each made five different things there were 15 chances for something to be good reasons Machowsky But there were definitely a few times when we went 0 and 15 Over the course of several months he continues we probably tasted 300 jars of pickled items of every type of fruit and vegetable you could imagine Many of the experiments including watermelon rind and Brussels sprouts were unpalatable Pickled lemons and pickled peaches Both nauseating Pickled hot peppers were too spicy for their taste buds Siber had to chug milk to quell a hiccup fit after a particularly nasty batch In the end fairly classic vegetables seemed to hold the most promise They then refined the recipes meticulously recording each measurement adding or subtracting minute quantities of sugar salt or spices until they settled on three initial products Salt and Vinegar Chips crinkle cut cucumbers in white vinegar with salt shallots garlic and black pepper Caulikraut a riff on sauerkraut with chopped cauliflower Vidalia onions celery seeds and spices Jalabeaño Carrots green beans and carrots brined with jalapeños mustard seeds and crushed red peppers They recently added a fourth Rye Chips crinkle cut cucumbers brined with caraway seeds It actually tastes like a deli sandwich says Machowsky instead of a pickle on a deli sandwich The three partners We all wear the CEO hat says Guberman pitched in designing the company s lively website and fun logo The name was inspired by the long messy nights experimenting in Little Ferry and in their home kitchens much to their wives displeasure And being avid New York Rangers hockey fans Messy Brine was a nice homage to Mark Messier the Hall of Famer who led the team to its long sought Stanley Cup victory in 1994 Eco friendliness was built in from the start Ingredients are sourced from local farms as much as possible and Messy Brine contributes a portion of proceeds to the water quality improvement efforts of the non profit Concern Worldwide U S

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  • Born Again: Rebirth of the Jersey Tomato
    Jersey tomatoes that induce nostalgia What happened to them Blame interstate highways which enabled produce to be trucked longer distances more quickly but also encouraged plant scientists to produce firmer hybrids with thicker skins and interior walls and less taste for improved shippability That s when produce ceased to be local Orton says glumly Also blame North Carolina State University where now retired breeder Randolph Gardner developed high yielding crack resistant hybrids that became Eastern U S standards by the 1990s Orton and Rabin protest any suggestion that Gardner s photo should be mounted on dartboards across the Garden State He s a nice guy He was only producing what the industry wanted but his emphasis on firmness and cosmetics took a major toll on flavor Recommended Reading Exclusive Inside Bridgegate It didn t help that Gardner bred tomatoes for growing conditions in North Carolina not New Jersey Or that production largely shifted to Florida California and Mexico where supermarket tomatoes are picked green and gassed into ruddiness with ethylene then refrigerated for shipping For years therefore Rutgers agriculturists have been hearing complaints that supermarket tomatoes are hard and tasteless and that even farm stand tomatoes seem diminished compared to the ones people fondly remember But then Rabin hypothesizes tomatoes have become sort of a whipping boy a stand in for every disappointing thing modern agribusiness has done to the food we eat And people react viscerally because they remember tomatoes in the summer Orton adds Why did they have to change Maybe the Rutgers folks thought they could rewrite botanical history and bring back those long lost varieties perhaps even improve them The campaign acquired an impressive name Rediscovering the Jersey Tomato that suggests a significant investment maybe an office a staff No This isn t California where agricultural associations have marketing budgets we re not going to see dancing Claymation tomatoes on TV Back in 2007 Rutgers s New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station provided a one time 8 000 loan since repaid to produce seed Otherwise the rediscovery essentially amounts to these three guys who thought it would be cool to breed old time tomatoes anew and wangled time from their regular jobs to do it Their first resurrected classic was the Ramapo Developed at Rutgers in 1968 and known for its succulence and shapeliness the Ramapo disappeared from commercial production in only about a decade But the agriculture professor who d bred it had retained some seeds after he retired so the team only had to tinker for a year or so before reintroducing the Ramapo to much media fanfare in 2008 In a survey of 1 200 gardeners who grew it that first year nearly three quarters said the Ramapo met or exceeded their expectations of what a Jersey tomato should taste like But the Ramapo frustratingly doesn t ripen until August So the following year the team re reintroduced the Moreton a 1953 variety that matures in July A tomato of moderate sweetness and a

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  • Science That Excites: Adventure at the Liberty Science Center
    one space for younger kids currently featuring Bob the Builder Project Build It a hands on home repair and construction adventure the other for older kids currently Gridiron Glory Last spring attendance spiked when one space hosted an exhibit on the 2009 film Avatar while the other presented one on the Curious George children s books That s driving people in record numbers Hoffman said at the time The other day we had more people than we ever had since we first opened Amid the push for freshness permanent exhibits have not been neglected In the Infection Connection kids hunt microbes using actual lab equipment and learn how germs spread Our Hudson Home features a 20 foot long map of the Hudson River and tanks showcasing much of the sea life found in the river The center also houses three theaters including the nation s largest IMAX Dome with a diameter of 88 feet and seating for 400 Among its changing programs have been vertigo inducing documentaries on ancient sea creatures polar bears butterflies and great white sharks Recommended Reading Charlie Puth Rumson s Pop Prodigy LSC s founders a group of professionals from various New Jersey companies set out to make learning science fun They got into this idea of science education being a form of what they called edutainment says board chairman Tansey A decade in the planning the 68 million center opened with 200 000 square feet in 1993 The 2005 2007 renovation added 100 000 square feet all new exhibits and a 20 000 square foot teaching center with classrooms and laboratories It s about stimulating people s creativity says Hoffman LSC supports the nationwide STEM Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics initiative in elementary and secondary schools through its exhibits and special programs like the signature Live From Surgery in which students video conference with doctors and nurses during operations such as kidney transplants and knee replacements What we try to do is create experiences that might get somebody to actually go into the sciences Hoffman says There s a huge gap between the skills that private industry is looking for and the skills that students coming out of high school and college have right now Indeed it has been estimated that by 2014 there will be about 2 million jobs in science and technology that American workers will not be qualified to fill For Hoffman science centers can play a critical role in closing that gap To do so LSC has kept its promise to serve New Jersey students particularly those from poorer districts Last year it delivered science programs to 61 000 underprivileged kids by sending science educators to their schools video conferencing from the center or by helping them visit the center using coupons To support such programs the center receives a portion of its funding from the state approximately 5 million toward its 19 million annual budget The rest must be raised from corporate and private donations memberships admissions and tickets for

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