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State Troopers to Set Up Sobriety Checkpoint on Garden State Parkway in Monmouth County
Friday, 27 February 2015
West Trenton, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police Troop “D” Traffic Office, in an effort to reduce crashes attributed to driving while intoxicated, will set up a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Vehicles traveling on the... Read More...
IMAGE Red Bank Regional Celebrates Black History Month with Message for the Future
Friday, 27 February 2015
PHOTO: Red Bank Middle School Vice Principal Julius Clark gave the keynote address - invaluable advice to students that their success is of their own making and not to let society’s stereotypes define them or be an excuse for failure. Little... Read More...
IMAGE Bill Mack and Gary M. Welton Exhibition in Red Bank
Friday, 27 February 2015
RED BANK, NJ - A never-before-seen collection by famed artists, Bill Mack and Gary Welton, will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a dual artist presentation at Gotham Fine Art Gallery in Red Bank, New Jersey.  Mack and Welton... Read More...
Pallone Announces Start of Congressional Art Competition for Local High Schools
Friday, 27 February 2015
LONG BRANCH, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced that the 6th Congressional District Annual High School Art Competition is officially underway.  The competition is open to all high school students in the New Jersey’s... Read More...
Kyrillos Hails Major Monmouth County Park Addition; Slams Port Authority for Reneging
Friday, 27 February 2015
TRENTON, NJ - Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement commending today’s action that will add 90 acres of Aberdeen Township open space for a new 250-acre Monmouth County park. “The Monmouth County Freeholders led by... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Poetical License and Truth
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 27 February 2015
Our Monmouth County neighbor Mr. Brian Williams from NBC was suspended for telling a story about his time in Iraq that was not completely... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - February 27, 2015
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 27 February 2015
Are you on you phone reading this eating a free sample at Whole Foods now?Then you may run into one of these people: http://bit.ly/1aiquX5 First... Read More...
IMAGE Cold Temperatures Create a Frozen Estuary
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 23 February 2015
It was nothing safe to walk on, but much Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay was locked up in ice this weekend. Several weeks of teeth-chattering,... Read More...
IMAGE My Oscar Picks for 2015
by David Prown
Sunday, 22 February 2015
I'm pretty sure I've never watched the Oscar ceremony nor really had any interest. However, I bet it is a heck of a show and my loss for never... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Foxcatcher
by David Prown
Sunday, 22 February 2015
I have been waiting awhile for Foxcatcher to come to the area. The previews looked intense and engaging. I was somewhat familiar with this story and... 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!