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Thursday, 30 October 2014
Photo Credit: Carrie B. Bonney – Farmers Insurance Keansburg, NJ – Officials in Keansburg, New Jersey held a media conference on October 28 to... Read More...
IMAGE Twin Lights Lecture Series Opens with History of Sandy Hook Pilots
Thursday, 30 October 2014
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014
PHOTO: Monmouth University volunteers clean up Deal Lake at The Big Event on October 25 West Long Branch, N.J. - Over 600 Monmouth University... Read More...
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will speak at a Symposium on Religion in Public Life in Monmouth University, West Long... Read More...
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014
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IMAGE It's the Great Autumn Scrooge, Charlie Brown!
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 30 October 2014
According to Charlie Brown's friend, Linus, “On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with... Read More...
IMAGE In Long Branch, Jeff Bell Appeals to Republicans
by Dennis
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Long Branch is known for many things—the beaches, boardwalk, dining, and diversity—but being a bastion of Republicanism is not one of them.... Read More...
IMAGE Volunteers Bring Smiles to Peru
by Daniel J. Vance
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Though a real estate agent the last 12 years, 52-year-old Kim Hammes of Le Sueur, Minnesota, used to be employed as a court-appointed guardian for... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Men, Women and Children
by David Prown
Monday, 27 October 2014
The other day, I went to see “Men, Women & Children” playing at the Bow-Tie in Red Bank and the 1:59 running time-line fit the slot.... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Gone Girl
by David Prown
Sunday, 26 October 2014
I think the movie "Gone Girl" has been out for at least 3 weeks and I did everything I could to stay away from hearing the storyline outside of the... Read More...

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anne_mikolay_2012_120It's time again for shamrocks and shillelaghs! While Irish folk everywhere celebrate St. Patrick's Day by eating corned beef and cabbage, painting their faces green, walking in parades, and maybe even sipping a wee bit too much Guinness, I, though of Irish descent, will fore-go such things in favor of a far more subtle declaration of my heritage. Every March 17th, details of my childhood, things my parents probably didn't think twice about at the time, spring to mind and cement my Irish roots.

The first thing I remember about St. Paddy's Day is not the legend of St. Patrick banishing the snakes from Ireland; rather, it's little green men. Leprechauns! And no, I don't believe in the cunning fellas, but  it's the leprechaun myth that introduced me to my Irish connection. Back in the days when I was what the Irish would call a wee lass, my Dad insisted I watch an old black and white film with him. The Luck of the Irish (1948), starring Tyrone Power, was a simple, charming story about a newspaper reporter named Fitz, who finds a leprechaun and the proverbial pot o' gold in Ireland. When Fitz, aka Tyrone Power, returns the gold, the leprechaun is in his debt and follows Fitz back to New York. Naturally, adventure ensues. I loved the leprechaun and was tickled pink (or green) when my Dad informed me that we, like the spry mythical creature, were Irish. Sadly, The Luck of the Irish, far too sweet and simple a tale for our present society, would never make it to the silver screen today.

The movie theaters of my youth had one screen and played a single feature for a few weeks at a time.  My mother took my sister and me to such a theater where, Good-n-Plenty firmly in hand, we watched Fred Astaire and Petula Clark in Finnian's Rainbow, another Hallmark worthy production that would be laughed into oblivion if produced today. All I recall about Finnian's Rainbow is the predictable leprechaun and crock of gold...and a song I love to this day. “Look to the Rainbow” reminds me of my mother, who often sang the tune while doing her chores around the house. Years later, the chorus of “Look to the Rainbow” was my lullaby of choice for my babies. Even more years later, the song still brings tears to my eyes.

So hold the corned beef and the Guinness! I don't need these reminders of my heritage. Though I have never walked in a parade and rarely wear green, I am Irish through and through; the proof is in my memories. Whenever I see The Luck of the Irish on television, I think of my father. When I see a rainbow, I think of my mother. And little wonder! I am, after-all, an Irish lass, and we Irish strongly believe in family.

I am proud to be Irish! Erin go bragh!